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Delhi: Cleaner tries to drive car, crushes 5-month-pregnant woman in Ashok Vihar

Krishan, 25, was cleaning the Honda City on Tuesday morning. He turned on the car to move it around the corner to clean the vehicle’s rear portion. He couldn’t apply brakes in time and hit two women at a construction site nearby. Pooja, 21, died on the way to hospital and Kamlesh is critical at AIIMS.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2017 16:47 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
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Pooja, 21, was crushed by a Honda City car when she was cooking lunch at a construction site in Ashok Vihar. Police said a car cleaner was trying to drive the car around a corner but couldn’t control it. (Handout)

A car cleaner crushed a woman, who was five months into her pregnancy, and injured another when he was allegedly trying to drive a car in north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar on Tuesday morning.

A police officer said Krishan, 25, turned the car on to move it around the corner so that he could clean it properly. However, he couldn’t control it and hit two women construction workers, killing one of them.

Panicked, Krishan abandoned the car and fled, but was soon arrested, said Milind Dumbere, DCP (North-West).

The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Pooja and her relative Kamlesh, 30. Pooja was declared brought dead at a hospital while Kamlesh is in a critical condition at AIIMS trauma centre, the officer said.

The two women had been camping at a construction site around 15 metres across the road. They were cooking lunch when the car rammed them. According to eyewitnesses, the impact of the hit was such that the car’s safety bags opened.

Police said the car belongs to a businessman in Ashok Vihar’s E-Block. He had hired Krishan for cleaning the car daily. Police said it appears that Krishan had been given the car keys so that he could clean the car interiors.

“Krishan wanted to clean the rear portion and he decided to drive it a little ahead. He turned on the car, shifted the gear and pressed accelerator. But he was unable to apply the brakes in time,” said Vikas Kumar, ACP (Ashok Vihar).

In a similar incident in 2012, a secret joyride by a car cleaner in a Maruti Swift Dzire belonging to an under secretary in the MEA had ended up killing two friends in south Delhi’s Gulmohar Park.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 17:24 IST