Autorickshaw driver, another passenger grievously injured

The passenger of an autorickshaw was killed while his co-passenger and driver were grievously injured when a car rammed the autorickshaw on M.G. Road in Bangalore in the early hours of Sunday.

Deepak, 26, an employee of a bar on Residency Road, left with his cousin, Karthik, 25, also an employee of the same bar, in the autorickshaw to reach home in Murphy Town at 2 a.m. When the autorickshaw was passing by the Mayo Hall Junction, a car crashed into the autorickshaw from a perpendicular direction.

Deepak died on the spot while Karthik and autorickshaw driver, Yunus Ali, 26, suffered serious injuries.

Khaleel, another autorickshaw driver, who was passing by, told The Hindu: “I saw the car hit the autorickshaw, which rolled over at least twice, following the collision. While one of the passengers was killed on the spot, the driver’s leg got stuck under the autorickshaw and was bent backward. When the car came to a stop and its occupants came out, I assumed they would come to help the injured. I guess there were four youths in the car. However, even before we realised, they fled, leaving the car behind.”

Khaleel said that he later took the help of other passersby to transport the accident victims in another autorickshaw to a hospital. Subsequently, the police was also alerted. The police said that Karthik (25) suffered a serious head injury and multiple fractures in his limbs while Yunus Ali has suffered a severe leg injury. Both of them are recovering in Bowring Hospital. They are said to be out of danger.

Khaleel said that he volunteered to lodge a complaint as he could not bear to see the sight of the victims’ devastated parents at the hospital. The Ashok Nagar Traffic police, who have registered a case, said that the air bags inside the car had inflated. The passengers of the car may have escaped from being hurt, they added. The police said that further examination of the car revealed that it had been recently purchased. They also found the registration documents of the car. They said that they are on the lookout for the owner of the car. Investigation is on.

Hits pole, dies

In another accident, a 47-year-old auto-mechanic was killed when he lost control over his two-wheeler and crashed into an electric pole on Chamrajpet IV Main Road on Saturday night.

The dead, Afzal Khan, a resident of JJ Nagar, was returning home from work when his vehicle skidded on the road.

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