Freak accident kills one in Banjara Hills

Car Driven By 20-Year-Old Hits Divider, Topples On To Other Side Of Road, Kills Techie

In a freak accident on Friday afternoon, a car hit a divider, toppled on to the other side of the road and then hit another vehicle coming in the opposite direction on Banjara Hills Road No.3. A software engineer, travelling in the oncoming car, died in the accident, while six others suffered injuries.

In a tragic unfolding of events, 20-year-old Shril, a student of Kesav Memorial Engineering College, lost control of the I-10 car, which he was driving, as it was moving towards Nagarjuna circle. The car which, according to eye-witnesses, was moving at a high speed ended up hitting the divider. It then flung onto the other side of the road used by motorists coming down from the flyover.

Thirty-eight-year-old Pammi Rajesh, who was at the wheel of his Santro, died on the spot after the I-10 suddenly fell on his car as he got of the flyover while driving towards Jubilee Hills. Banjara Hills police said Ra jesh’s nine-year-old daughter Ramya, who he reportedly picked up from St Paul’s High School, Hyderguda, sustained grievous injuries and was in serious condition.

Police retrieved Ramya’s school bag from the smashed Santro.Cops suspected that after picking up his daughter, Rajesh and his family may have gone out somewhere else and were then returning home to Madhapur when the accident occurred.

Rajesh’s other family members Madhusudhan and Radhika were said to be out of danger and were moved to a private hospital. “We suspect that the driver of I-10 (Shril) might have been drunk. To ascertain this we have sent him for medical examination,” Banjara Hills sub-inspector G Ravindar said. “Shril and four others in the car were returning after watching a movie in Cinemax at Banjara Hills Road No. 3.

It appears as if they they consumed alcohol before starting. During investigation, we will be verifying CCTV footage to ascertain if they were travelling at high speed or not,” Banjara Hills Inspector K Srinivas told TOI.

In an ironic twist of fate, Shril escaped without any injuries. He was arrested and taken into police custody while his other friends were shifted to Yashoda hospital with minor injuries.

In his defence, Shril told police that to avoid hitting a twowheeler, he swerved and hit the road divider, which then sparked the sequence of events that led to Rajesh’s death.

The accident led to heavy traf fic jams at Banjara Hills Road No.1 and 3, Nagarjuna Circle, Greenlands, with a large number of onlookers rushing to the spot.

The police had to bring in cranes to lift the cars and take them away to make the way for traffic. A case was registered under 304 A (rash and negligent driving causing death) of IPC and Shril was arrested.

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