Three young women of Haryana were killed and three men inside a speeding Ford Figo are critical after the car hit a footpath and rammed into a tree on the dividing road of Sectors 44 and 45 in the wee hours of Monday.
Police said the driver Jaspreet Singh (25), of SAS Nagar Phase-3, lost control of the car in a bid to save an unidentified motorcyclist, who was on the wrong side. An official added the bike did not have its headlights on.
Bhiwani residents Palak Arora (23) and Tashmita Sharma (23) and Pooja Sharma (31), of Kurkshetra, were declared brought dead at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.
Jaspreet, Sandeep Singh (26), of Phase 3,and Harinder Singh (27), of Malout, are admitted at Fortis Hospital, SAS Nagar. The six IT professionals had partied in Sector 26 and the women were to be dropped at their paying guest accommodation in Sector 67.
Palak and Pooja Sharma were graphic designers. Tashmita, who was employed with a Gurgaon based company, was in town to meet Pooja Sharma. Sandeep, who was seated on the front passenger seat, works with a Canadian company with its office in SAS Nagar.
Jaspreet and Harinder worked with IT company TXL in Sector 67.
Superintendent of police Navdeep Brar said the rear of the car from the co-pilot’s side rammed into the tree, proving fatal for those on the back seat.
“Pooja received severe stomach injury with the other women getting head injuries. Harinder, the fourth victim, fell off the car,” said Brar.
The SP added that the car was speeding. “We will take blood sample from the driver Jaspreet to check if he was drunk,” he claimed.
A case has been registered under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by endangering lives of others) and 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code at Sector 34 police station.
Mohit Sharma, who lives near the accident spot in Sector 45 claimed that such accidents were routine on the road. “We thought car had rammed into the house.”