A 22-year-old engineer was killed after a speeding Chevrolet Cruze being driven by an allegedly inebriated youth hit his motorcycle head-on at Banur in Patiala on Friday.
Such was the impact of the collision that the motorcycle split into two parts, while the car was also damaged, deterring the driver from fleeing.
The deceased has been identified as Prince Gurani, a resident of Khera Gajju village in Patiala. He had completed BTech from Chandigarh University, Gharuan, last year.
The accused, Buta Singh, 28, a resident of Manakpur in Patiala, was arrested from the spot.
In his complaint, the victim’s father, Ravinder Kumar, told the police that he had a grocery store at Mirzapur village, a few kilometres away from their native place. He said Prince visited him on Friday afternoon and they decided to return home on their respective two-wheelers.
As they reached near Heritage Public School on Janshui Road around 2:30pm, a speeding car coming from the opposite side rammed into Prince’s motorcycle, leaving him seriously injured.
A shaken Ravinder screamed for help, following which passers-by rushed to his aid and took Prince to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Bahadur Ram at Banur police station, said on being informed, a police team reached the accident scene and arrested the car driver, who during questioning revealed that he had consumed alcohol at a wine shop in Manakpur village. He was taken for a medical examination and his blood samples had been sent to a chemical laboratory to verify the presence of alcohol, he added.
A case under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Buta.
Promising career cut short
Having recently finished his engineering, Prince was set to begin his career and was to appear for an interview in Delhi on Saturday.
“He was very excited about his first job interview and was putting in every effort to bag the job. We had high hopes from him as he was academically brilliant and passionate about his profession. He was discussing his attire for the interview just a few hours before the accident,” said his distraught father.