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Indian golfer involved in fatal crash in New York

Golfer Arjun Atwal, 33, may face criminal charges in Florida for the mishap.
None | By HT Correspondent, New York
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2007 01:22 PM IST

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal was involved in a deadly car crash in Florida while he was reportedly racing with another driver. Atwal could face criminal charges as the driver of the second car died in the accident.

The 33-year-old, who plays on the US PGA Tour, escaped unharmed but John Noah Park, 48, with whom Atwal seemed to be racing with, died in hospital.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said both Atwal, who was driving a BMW, and Park, in a Mercedes, lost control while racing at a speed of 100 mph on a suburban road. Park apparently died when his car crashed into a tree.

The accident is still under investigation, but Atwal could face criminal charges, the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

"What they were doing we don't know yet," she added.

Atwal, a professional golfer, has played on the Asian Tour and the European Tour. He is the first Indian to become a member of the US-based PGA Tour.

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