A 25-year-old school teacher fell to her death from the flyover at old bus stand when the two-wheeler she was riding on was allegedly hit by a speeding car in the early hours on Wednesday.
According to police, the Wagon R car was driven by Minakshi Singh, company commander (home guards), posted in Ghaziabad. The incident took place around 7.15am and led to the death of Dipika Khetarpal, a teacher. She was on her way from Jagdish Nagar to Dehradun Public School in Nehru Nagar when the incident took place.
“The car driven by Minakshi hit Dipika’s vehicle, tossing her several feet, over the railings. She fell down nearly 20-25 feet. She had left home around 7am while her husband was getting their 3-year-old daughter ready to attend her playschool,” PK Anand, Dipika’s father, said.
“A passerby picked up her phone and dialled several numbers and passed information about the accident. She was the first girl in our family. After she gave birth to a girl, she decided to become a teacher. Her husband works in Noida,” he said.
The body was sent for a postmortem examination while the damaged car and the two-wheeler of the victim were towed to Sihani Gate police station. The car had come to a halt on the flyover after hitting the central verge.
“Following the complaint, we have registered a case against Minakshi for rash driving, causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others and causing death by negligence. She was arrested and asked to produce her service identity proofs and also the vehicle’s registration documents,” Avnish Gautam, station house officer, said.
Minakshi and her husband, Chhotey Lal, were both in the car when the accident took place. Her husband claimed that he was driving the car and not his wife as alleged.
“We were driving to Modi Nagar when we spotted the victim’s two-wheeler barely 10 feet ahead of our car. Soon, a speeding car zoomed past us and the two-wheeler rider (Dipika) was thrown off balance as she looked behind. Her two-wheeler hit the pavement and she was thrown off the flyover. In a moment, I steered the car right and hit the central divider before stopping,” Lal said.
The couple said that they were driving at 40-50 kmph and the victim was not wearing a helmet.
“We dialled the emergency number and informed the police. Our car did not hit the victim’s two-wheeler,” he said.
Minakshi got bail after she was produced in court.