Vikas Anand, son of High Court lawyer Vijay Anand, has been arrested along with his friend following an accident at Dr Radhakrishnan Salai in Chennai at 3.30 am on Monday morning. Vikas, and his friend, who is the brother of a former Indian cricketer, both were said to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
Vikas is a professional racer and has won the premiere title at the MRF Formula 1600 category. He is the son of High Court lawyer and member of the Madras Bar Association. Both friends were on their way back from a party hosted by the Tuti Patriot team following their win at the Tamil Nadu Premier League on Sunday night.
The Porsche Cayman which the students were driving, was being driven so fast that it mowed into 12 parked auto rickshaws at the Cathedral Road, injuring 11 and killing 1. Reports state that Vikas was at the wheel at the time of the accident. He was under the influence of alcohol and lost control of the car following which it crashed into the median and rammed into the parked auto rickshaws.
Auto rickshaw driver, 29 year old G Arumugam was killed on the spot while other drivers have been seriously injured. Some are being treated at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital while the others are under treatment at Royapettah Government Hospital.
Despite the seriousness of the accident, the two occupants of the Porsche Cayen escaped unhurt as the airbags deployed on impact with the median. Adyar traffic police have registered the case and investigations are underway.
Sadly, the auto rickshaw driver who got killed in the accident, leaves behind a baby daughter. His wife had committed suicide last month and there is no one to look after the baby daughter now.
Instances of drinking and driving are on the rise. This is the second high profile case after the one which was reported a few weeks back when a young woman, driving under the influence of alcohol, rammed her Audi into a labourer.
We appeal to readers, don’t / do not let anyone drive under the influence of alcohol.