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Young life cut short

delhi Updated: Sep 30, 2011 00:59 IST
Rajat Arora
Rajat Arora
Hindustan Times
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It is almost as if he had an appointment with death. The 17-year-old law student had come to Delhi from Sonepat, Haryana to attend a party.

He was driving his Honda Civic at high speed when it flew off the Ashram flyover in the wee hours of Thursday.

“Around two months ago the family shifted to Gurgaon, but the teenager used to stay at his Noida house over night frequently,” said a close relative, requesting anonymity.

The victim had just joined a law school in Sonepat and was a hosteller. He has a younger brother who is in the ninth standard.

When the accident happened, the teenager was heading back to his Noida home from a pub in south Delhi’s Nehru Place along with three friends, who were following in another car.

“We can’t say the boys weren’t racing. They were in separate cars and it is quite possible that they were racing on the deserted road,” a senior police officer said.

“His car flew off at the sharp curve on the flyover jumping above the railing. The car must have jumped ten feet high as it didn’t bruise the railing. Airbags notwithstanding, he was thrown out of the car when it bumped into the PWD compound. This indicates he was not wearing a seatbelt,” the police officer said.

“His friends had gone ahead and when they didn’t see his car coming they came back to check. After seeing his car lying mangled in the PWD warehouse under the Ashram flyover they called up 102, the emergency ambulance number.”

The police are investigating whether he was driving under the influence of alcohol. It is yet to be confirmed who the car belongs to.

The victim’s father is a senior executive with a PSU and the family had recently shifted to Gurgaon from Noida. “The family is in shock and their statement couldn’t be recorded yet,” the police officer added.