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Updated: March 16, 2012 12:17 IST

Student killed in accident on NICE Road

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File photo of Sushmita Patil, 1st year architecture student at R.V College of Engineering, Bangalore, who met with an accident and died on Thursday. She is the daughter of Rajendra and Sudha Patil and granddaughter Shamnur Shivashankarappa, MLA, Davanagere.
The Hindu File photo of Sushmita Patil, 1st year architecture student at R.V College of Engineering, Bangalore, who met with an accident and died on Thursday. She is the daughter of Rajendra and Sudha Patil and granddaughter Shamnur Shivashankarappa, MLA, Davanagere.

She was Shamanur Shivashankarappa's granddaughter

Sushmita Patil (19), granddaughter of senior Congress leader Shamanur Shivashankarappa, was killed when the car in which she was travelling with three of her friends, met with an accident on NICE Road. The others have been injured.

Police quoting eyewitnesses said the car was being driven in a zig-zag manner at high speed when the driver lost control. The car hit the side of a hillock, spun wildly and toppled four to five times before coming to a halt, the police said.

The accident occurred near the Handarahalli Bridge near Byadarahalli in the Tavarekere police station limits.

The police said Sushmita Patil's father, Rajendra Patil, a resident of Yeshwanthapur, is a businessman. The victim was also the granddaughter of the former State Chief Secretary B.S. Patil.

The injured have been identified as Namratha Vittal Sudheer (19) of Lottegollahalli, Akhil Arun (19) of R.T. Nagar and Anirudh Gurumurthy (18) of Dollar Colony. The group, all second semester students of architecture at R.V. College of Engineering, were apparently going to their college.

While Akhil, the passenger on the front seat, and Anirudh, the driver, were saved by air-bags, Namratha at the back survived as she was sitting on the right side. Sushmita was badly injured as the car toppled on her side. She died on the way to hospital.

Car damaged

“The car was fully damaged. The accident scene suggests speeding. The driver lost control and the car toppled after hitting the hillock on the side of the road,” Anupam Agarwal, Superintendent of Police, Ramanagaram district, told The Hindu.

Criminal case

Akhil Arun, one of the injured, has lodged a complaint at the Tavarekere police station against his classmate, Anirudh, who was driving the car. Sushmitha's family members were too shocked to speak to the media.

B.S. Satyanarayana, Principal of R.V. College of Engineering, called the incident “unfortunate”.

He said that following the news of the incident, classes were suspended in the architectural school. During the ongoing fest, a minute's silence was observed.

However, the fest cannot be called off as months of preparation have gone into it, he said.

In any case, there should be a speed limit..You cant just allow people
to speed away freely at 150+ kind of speeds routinely here..At this kind
of speeds, all it takes is a split second mistake..u wont be able to
regain control at all..This is just atrocious..

from:  Anoop Joshi
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 09:39 IST

Everyone is talking of the car speeding on the NICE road and meeting with the accident leading to Sushmita's death. I use this road very frequently to travel to Mysore and back. Believe me, this is one of the worst roads you could drive on. Constructed essentially to cut time by travelling fast, the road is very uneven. Though there are no humps, the condition of the road is pathetic. You would feel as if you are driving on a village road. In fact, even the patchwork is sub-standard. Ashok Kheni is only bothered about fleecing NICE road users through high tolls and being associated with movies and cricket. Trust me, this guy's a rogue. For what he's collecting for that kind of road, the condition of the road is extremely bad. I request the government agencies conduct a proper assessment of the quality of the road lest we have many more Sushmitas. My deep condolences to her family.

from:  Azmat Khan
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 19:36 IST

This kind of incidents were heard in New Delhi, Mumbai in recent days,
now Bangalore too add to it. India economy is putting on heavy deficit
due to oil import, at the other side rich people lavishly spending money
with zero contribution to economy. This kind of behaviour should be
curbed!.

from:  Vinay
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 16:24 IST
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