This is one more incident of speedy driving, loss of control and unnecessary deaths on Indian roads which has been increasing by leaps and bounds in recent times.
Four young lives were lost when driving at high speed in a Honda City across the South City road, off Ludhiana, Punjab. Each of these youngsters were all aged between 19 and 21 years and were all students of colleges in the region.
Out on a joy ride, the youngsters, Sanyam Arora, 20, Gaurish Verma, 21, Rishika Bassi, 19, and Ishani Jindal, 19 appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. They died on the spot while Akshit Grover who was riding in the rear seat is in a critical condition at a private hospital in Ludhiana.
According to eye-witnesses, the Honda City, driven by Girish Verma, was travelling at well over the 150 kmph mark at the time of the accident. The driver lost control and hit a kerb stone which was uprooted on impact while the car went flying though the air for around 8 feet to crash land against a Eucalyptus tree.
Bhaskar, an eye witness stated that the youngsters were all drunk. They had stopped earlier at a roadside tea shop where they were cautioned against driving too fast but they turned a deaf ear to these requests.
Time and again the perils of driving at high speed and also the dangers of consumption of alcohol prior to taking to the road have been highlighted. High speeds cause tyre bursts resulting in loss of control of vehicle while consumption of alcohol dulls the senses to the extent that the driver finds high speeds appearing normal. The intoxication causes fatigue while reflexes of the driver are also dimmed and high speed and alcohol is a deadly combination.
Earlier this year, another such incident was reported. The incident occurred in Mumbai’s Vile Parle East area leaving 5 young men dead. The Honda City was apparently travelling at high speed and veered off the road, went out of control and crashed into a tree.
5 persons are dead, of which 3 have been identified as Muzammil Makhtur Kanojia, 22, Rashida Yusuf Shaikh, 25 and Junaid Fakir Soni,22, on the basis of their PAN and Adhar cards. The other two passengers who are also dead are yet to be identified. All those dead are residents of the Mira Bhayander area or are from Mumbai Central. Blood samples have been taken to test whether they were under the influence of alcohol.
The accident occurred at 5 am just ahead of the flyover near the Santacruz Airport Terminal on the Western Express Highway in Mumbai’s Vile Parle East on Thursday morning.
Investigations reveal that the driver could have been speeding as traffic was sparse on the road due to the early hour while he could have lost control. He brushed into a footpath, skidded for 10-20 meters and crashed into a tree on the way. The bodies of the occupants had to be extricated from the crashed car with the help of the fire brigade. The front tyres had burst which probably led to the crash while the entire vehicle was flattened, windows shattered and the roof was ripped off.