New Delhi: A professor after losing control of his Toyota Fortuner car, rammed it into five vehicles killing a 16-year-old girl and seriously injuring eight others in west Delhi’s Meera Bagh on Wednesday evening, the police said.
Seju P Kuruvilla, deputy commissioner of police (outer), quoted the Fortuner driver, whom he identified as retired Delhi university professor Kamal Kumar Beharai, as saying that he lost control of the vehicle after pulling the hand brake when driving the vehicle at a high speed.
“The retired professor was not drunk,” said the DCP.
“I thought the flyover had come crashing down. But when I looked out of my car’s window, I saw a speeding white Fortuner hitting some two-wheelers whose riders were flung in the air,” said the eye witness. He further added that the Fortuner had jumped a traffic signal and assessed the speed to be over 100 km/hr.
DCP said the Fortuner hit a bicycle, a scooter, a motorcycle and a cycle-rickshaw before finally ramming a stationary minibus.
The injured were taken to the nearby Sehgal Neo Hospital before turning their attention on clearing a traffic jam that was quickly building up.
“Nine victims of the accident were brought to our hospital. One of them was a girl who was brought dead with a severed leg. Five other people had fractures. Two others have grave injuries and one of them is on ventilator support,” said a doctor who identified himself as Manoj.
The girl is identified as Seema Dass who was with her sister. “We have seized the Fortuner and will have it examined to know what caused the accident,” said the DCP.