The family of Anukool Rishi, who died in the car crash in south Delhi on Sunday morning, had been preparing for the marriage of his younger brother when they got the shocking news. Rishi died after the Lamborghini car he was driving rammed into a bus stop railing and then climbed the footpath.
Rishi got married in November 2011 and his younger brother’s marriage has been scheduled for April 16.
“He had started distributing wedding invitations from Saturday and had left the house around 8pm,” said one of Rishi’s family members. Rishi used to stay in Sainik Farms in south Delhi.
Meanwhile eyewitnesses said Rishi was thrown out of the car soon after the collision. “After hearing the sound of the collision, I came out and saw that a car had crashed into a traffic signal pole. A cycle was lying nearby. Two injured people were lying by the roadside. The cyclist was alive and shouting for help. But the driver of the car was badly injured and his stomach bore the brunt of the injury. I immediately made a PCR call,” said Badri Nath Dubey, a guard at one of the nearby houses in Panchsheel Enclave.
Dubey said the impact of the collision was such that one of the wheels of the car flew to the other carriageway. Police said Dubey’s alertness helped save the life of the cyclist, Kishan.
“He was immediately rushed to the AIIMS trauma centre where he is recuperating. He was badly injured but is now out of danger,” a senior police officer said. Kishan, who lives in Dakshin Puri, works as a security guard in a south Delhi school and was going there.
“It was in the afternoon that we came to know that he had met with an accident,” Hem Raj, Kishan’s brother said. "He has been commuting on the same route for the past 20 years. There is a separate lane for cyclists on the BRT corridor. The accident could not have happened due to his fault," Raj added.