NEW DELHI: Two students were killed after the sedan in which they were travelling in hit an electric pole in high speed in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar on Sunday morning, the police said. Two of their friends who were in the car were injured.
The force of the impact was such that the front portion of the Honda City car was completely pushed in and the electric pole was uprooted.
In visuals, the iron fence that was installed on the road divider was also seen mangled.
The passengers have been identified as Keshav, 21, a resident of Kamla Nagar; Prabhjot Singh, 18, from Malka Ganj; Arshpreet, 19, from Haryana’s Sirsa, and Rubal, 20.
The police said five friends, including the four passengers, had gone on a drive after the birthday party of one of them.
They were taken to GTB Hospital, where Prabhjot Singh and Rubal died, said senior police officer Meghna Yadav.
“Arshpreet is a student of Vivekanand College in Delhi University and stays in a flat at Dilshad Garden. It was Arshpreet’s birthday celebration on Saturday night. All the friends first assembled at his flat and had a party where they consumed liquor heavily the entire night,” she said.
“Later they all went for a joyride in Lakhshye’s car at 5 a.m. They also consumed liquor inside the car before it hit the divider, electric pole and signboards and turned turtle. Lakhshye who was at the wheel escaped major injury due to the airbag. He fled from the spot but later in the evening appeared before the investigators,” she added.
“Lakhshye also received minor injuries. Some liquor bottles and cigarette packets were recovered from inside the car,” the officer added.
“Prabhjot Singh was pursuing graduation from correspondence in Delhi University. He worked in a call centre co-owned by Lakhshye in Kamala Nagar. Rubal was a student of Daulat Ram College. She was a native of Sirsa and best friend of Arshpreet,” the officer added.
Keshav also works in the same call centre, she said.
The police said the driver could have been speeding. “From a preliminary examination, it seems the driver was speeding and lost control of the car,” said a senior police officer.
The traffic police have warned against speeding in early morning hours, especially when it’s raining, as drivers’ situational awareness levels are low.