An eight months pregnant woman, assistant manger at a Delhi branch of ICICI Bank, was killed and her husband was injured when their Volkswagen Vento car was hit by a speeding Mahindra Marshal in Noida on Saturday night. Two occupants of Marshal were also injured in the accident.
The accident took place near NIB Chowki off NH-24 in Noida Sector 62 when Naveen Nagarajan, 30, and his wife Anupriya, 27, were returning to their Sector 47 home in Noida from a function at a friend's house in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad. Their car was badly damaged in the accident.
"When the couple turned left near NIB Chowki, the Marshal, which was coming from Labour Chowk, hit them. Both were rushed to Fortis Hospital. Anupriya succumbed to her injuries and doctors declared her dead on arrival," said a police officer.
"Naveen underwent treatment and was later discharged," he said. Anupriya had done her MBA from an institute in Bangalore. Just a year ago, she had married Naveen, a software engineer at a Gurgaon firm.
The two occupants in Marshal — Raju and Pradeep of Rohtak in Haryana — were also injured in the accident. They were admitted at a Delhi hospital. Police arrested the driver of the Marshal and seized the vehicle. Naveen's father has registered a case against the driver at the Sector 58 police station.
Rash driving main culprit
Three main points in the city —including NIB Chowki, where traffic from Noida gets on to NH-24 to go to either Delhi or Ghaziabad (and vice versa) —remain choked because of unauthorised stoppage of auto-rickshaws and tempos.
Speeding and rash driving have emerged as key factors behind the increasing number of road accidents in Noida and Greater Noida. In 2011, about 900 road accidents were reported in Noida and Greater Noida, which left 450 people dead and more than 600 injured.