Eleven-year-old Sachin Singh, injured on November 27 after a call-centre cab rammed into a van full of schoolchildren, lost his battle for life on Sunday morning at the Max Healthcare Hospital in Pitampura.
For the Singh family, this is a double blow. Sachin’s elder brother Sunny had died on the day of the accident. Three other children were injured in the accident, which occurred in Keshavpuram near Pitampura when the speeding call-centre cab jumped a traffic signal and hit their school van.
Sachin had been on the ventilator for a week.
“On Friday, the doctors told us that chances of his survival were slim. On Sunday, around 5.30 in the morning, his heart beat slowed down,” said Neagender Singh, the boys’ maternal uncle.
“After losing both sons, the family is shattered,” said Singh.
Sachin’s father, Kishan Singh, a CBI constable, had rushed to Delhi from Mumbai when he heard of the accident.
His wife Urmila was initially not informed about the elder son’s death but the news was broken to her when his body was handed over to them after the postmortem.
Of the three other children injured in the accident, all are out of danger and have been discharged from hospital.
The driver of the van was also seriously injured and is still in hospital with multiple fractures. He has been shifted from Babu Jagjivan Ram hospital to AIIMS for further treatment.
The accident had thrown the complete lack of rules on Delhi’s roads in sharp focus.