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Man dies as drunk engineer’s Fortuner rams into scooter in Chandigarh

The driver of the SUV was arrested Friday evening and the police claim that he was drunk.

punjab Updated: Jul 01, 2017 12:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh,Toyota Fortuner,Maruti Swift
The SUV jumped a traffic light, hit the scooter and a Maruti Swift car along with one more vehicle near the Chandigarh municipal corporation building.(HT Photos)

Red signal jumping is relatively frequent at night, but the virus is spreading. The young and the drunk are more prone to do it. However, 26-year-old engineer Satyajot Singh, of Sector 71 Mohali, will rue not stopping his luxury SUV, a Toyota Fortuner, at the Sectors 16-17 red light at the heart of the city — near the municipal corporation building at 9am on Friday for the rest of life.

Arrested in the evening, Satyajot, jumped the red light and his SUV hit an Activa that was negotiating the signal as his signal was green, killing driver Gyan Massih, 55, a labour contractor of Sector 41.

Police claim that Satyajot was drunk.

Such was the speed he was driving that after hitting the Activa, his car crossed over the road divider and hit two other cars — Maruti Swift and Hyundai Verna — bang opposite the MC building.

Madan, an employee of the contractor Massih, was injured in the accident.

At the lights, Massih turned right towards Sector 17 when the signal was green, while Satyajot was coming from Matka Chowk and was to go straight. He did not stop even as the light was red.

“We have arrested Satyajot Singh of Sector 71 who is an engineering graduate. His father Harbhajan is a real estate developer,” said Ram Gopal, DSP (central) Chandigarh.

He said, “Satyajot was drunk when the accident took place. We have got his medical examination done that confirms it.”

The police have registered a case under Sections 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the IPC at the Sector-17 police station, Chandigarh.

He will also face a case under Section 185 (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs) of the Motor Vehicle Act.

(The story has been updated. The previous version wrongly mentioned the age of the deceased as 35-year-old)

First Published: Jun 30, 2017 14:15 IST