A speeding car rammed into a wall and then caught fire in southwest Delhi on Thursday, killing one person and injuring another.
The victim was identified by the police as Dharmender Pahil. He was driving the sedan and the injured, Amit Kumar, Pahil’s friend, was a passenger. The accident took place at 2.30 am near Samalkha on Old Gurgaon Road as Pahil, 26, and Kumar were returning home from a party in Gurgaon. Both were drunk.
“The car ploughed into a wall as Pahil lost control, then it caught fire. Passing motorists pulled both out of the car,” said R.S. Yadav, deputy commissioner of police, southwest. The car’s left side hit the wall and the police, pointing to damages on its right side, suspect it could have been hit by a overtaking vehicle, throwing it out of control.
Kumar, admitted at the Indian Spinal Injury Centre in Vasant Kunj with minor injuries, has not been able to tell the police how the accident took place. “He said he had dozed off during the journey and only remembers being pulled out (of the car),” Yadav said. Pahil and Kumar, both worked at the same call centre in Gurgaon, and had left the job two weeks ago. Pahil lived with his family in Dwarka.
The sedan he was driving belonged to his brother.