Four Delhi University students were injured when the Uber cab they were travelling in rammed a parked truck near Sector 16 A early on Friday morning.
Miranda House student, Kaayum Pegu (20), is critical, said police. She is admitted at the Kailash Hospital ICU in Sector 27.
The other injured are Tanuz Kalita (19) of SGTB Khalsa College, Siddharth Pathak (20) of Swami Shraddhanand College and Akshara Badola (20) of Mata Sundari College.
The four friends were returning from a friend’s place in Greater Noida after celebrating a birthday party when the accident occurred. The Uber driver did not slow down, despite repeated requests. The speeding led to the accident, said the three injured.
“The cab driver was smoking inside the car… He rammed a stationary vehicle at 3 am. All of us were injured, but the driver escaped with minor injuries. Instead of calling for help, he abandoned the car and fled the spot,” said Kalita. He was discharged after initial treatment.
Pathak sat in the front seat next to the driver. Pegu sat in the middle of the backseat, flanked by Kalita and Badola, he said. Pegu was thrown off the seat and hit the windshield and the dashboard, under the accident’s impact, he said.
Pathak and Badola are recuperating in the hospital. They are out of danger, the hospital staff said.
“Pegu faced multiple fractures in the ribs and a serious head injury. She is still on ventilator support. Pathak and Badola are out of danger. Badola has multiple fractures and she will undergo surgery soon,” said Kailash Hospital spokesperson, BB Joshi.
The driver was arrested the same day. The police produced him in court and he was released on bail. “An FIR of rash and negligent driving was registered against the driver who was later identified as Viresh,” said Sector 20 station house officer, Amarnath Yadav.
The cab aggregator hasn’t mentioned any possibility of compensation and asked us to wait for the response of the insurance company which has insured the driver and the cab, claimed the victims’ families.
“It seems they are not taking any responsibility for the accident and have left us at the mercy of the insurance of the cab driver. So far, Pegu’s father, a government employee in Guwahati, has spent nearly Rs 4 lakh. Also, parents of Pathak and Badola have spent nearly Rs 2 lakh. Money is running out and nobody is helping,” said Pegu’s friend, Farjad Hazarika.
“We are pained to learn about the accident and are closely engaged with the victims’ families to provide all assistance,” said an Uber spokesperson.
Pegu, Pathak and Kalita are from Assam. Badola is from Uttarakhand.