Four people including a woman techie were killed in Ghaziabad when a speeding Audi rammed head on into an autorickshaw they were travelling in, police said on Saturday.
The autorickshaw driver was among the dead in Wednesday night’s accident that highlighted the menace of reckless driving, identified as one of the major killers on Indian roads annually.
The incident occurred past midnight at Indirapuram, on a narrow road that runs parallel to the Hindon canal.
The dead have been identified as Yajuvendra Singh Sengar, 40, his cousin Vishal Singh, 25, and their family friend Rinku Yadav, 38, who worked with HCL in Noida. All hail from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Vishal had come to appear for a job interview, police said quoting family members.
Police identified the auto driver by his first name, Sanjeev (25).
The occupants of the high-end SUV, an Audi Q7, fled and are yet to be identified.
The vehicle was registered in the name of Manish Rawat, a senior doctor at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, police said.
“He stays at Sarita Vihar but he could not be found at his residence or at the hospital... We have also registered an FIR against unidentified persons and sent police teams to trace the car-owner,” said PK Tripathi, the station house officer of Indirapuram.
Police have slapped charges of rash driving and causing death by negligence against the unidentified occupants of the Audi which is believed to have been travelling at speed up to 100 kmph.
The autorickshaw was crushed into a heap of mangled steel under the impact of the collision.
“Their (the victims’) faces and head had injuries and a lot of bleeding had taken place. We could not identify them and used their mobile phones to call up their contacts,” Tripathi added.
The incident occurred barely a few days after two similar incidents involving speeding high-end vehicles.
On Friday, a 48-year-old Uber car driver and two passengers were injured when a speeding Range Rover SUV rammed their taxi in north Delhi’s Civil Lines.
The driver of the SUV was said to be under the influence of alcohol.
On Sunday, a 32-year-old driver lost his life after a speeding BMW driven by a 24-year-old MNC employee crashed into an Uber cab from behind near the IIT hostel in South Delhi.
A road accident takes place every four minutes in India, government data show, and road crashes are the number one killer of young men and women.
Almost 97% of the road accidents are caused by rash or negligent driving including drink driving. The number of people killed in road accidents on national highways shot up from 48,768 in 2012 to 51,204 in 2015, the statistics show.
Last month, the Supreme Court ordered closure of liquor shops along the highways despite opposition from state governments.
The government has brought in a new law to ensure prompt help for road accident victims, easing rules for citizens who come to their aid.