Fardeen Khan looses his aunt in tragic car accident

Friday 02 March 2012, 09:31 AM by

The roads of Delhi are emerging as deathtraps at night, as the drivers glide their car at overspeed. Recently, Sonia, the wife of Rajendra Sethia, a business tycoon, and the aunt of Fardeen Khan, the Bollywood actor, died on 27th February 2012 in a high speed car accident.

The mishap took place when Sonia was arriving in a Honda City from her friend's home in Gulmohar Park after a dinner party and was heading towards her residence at New Friends Colony. The car in which Sonia was travelling belonged to her friend. Another Victim, Mohan Kumar, a senior technical assistant in the rotary cancer department at AIIMS, was coming back from a marriage from Gurgaon in Swift Dzire with his son Ajay. At around 1:45 am, the driver of Honda City, Ramesh Kumar, turned left at Uday Park bus stand traffic signal to connect to the August Kranti Marg. Mohan was on his way to home in Ayur Vigyan Nagar, which was around few hundred metres away from the place where accident took place.

Sonia had no faults, since the overspeeding Swift DZire, driven by Mohan, rammed in her car over August Kranti Marg and both Sonia and Mohan died. Ajay, Mohan's son, was also sitting with him, survived after suffering from few injuries. However, the driver of Sonia and another relief driver, occupying the front seats, survived with few injuries as the airbags of the car deployed on the impact.

Satyendra Garg, Joint commissioner of traffic police said that the department will deploy more police personnel over the streets, since erecting of barricades are not showing any progress in stopping the accidents. He further added, “We hope to complete the experiments in another week and install the cameras in two months on accident prone roads.”

Rohit Baluja, President, Institute of Road Traffic Education, Delhi, said, “We are lacking in five basic areas that can help us in better traffic management and reduce accidents to a great extent. We lack traffic engineering, scientific accident investigation, driver training or testing programmes, strategic enforcement and understanding of public health for road safety. Every day five to six people die in road accidents and most of the incidents go unreported. Delhiites too are not careful about traffic rules, particularly at night. Nobody knows what 'right of way' is.”

V.P. Gupta, retired traffic police officer, said, “Most accidents at night happen because of overspeeding and drunken driving. The thin presence of traffic policemen on the roads adds to the problem. The authorities should also widely publicise that high-end sports cars are not meant for Delhi roads, they are best driven on race tracks.”

Impact of the collision was very loud and its noise spread through the entire area, waking up the neighbours. Arjun Singh, an eyewitness who lives in nearby Anand Lok, said, “I thought some blast took place in the vicinity. I came out of my house only to see a woman (Sonia) crushed to death in the rear seat and two men in the front badly injured.”

Another resident informed the police, who also helped people to shift the victims at the AIIMS trauma centre. The police officials have registered the case under 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and Section 279 (rash driving).

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