Af­ter los­ing mother in crash, 13­yr­old girl bat­tles for life

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. They said their way home from a tem­ple in south Delhi’s Ch­hatarpur.

Chetanya’s fa­ther Vi­mal, who was driv­ing their Mahin­dra Quanto car, said he ini­tially spot­ted the er­rant Maruti S-cross car on the other side of the di­vider be­ing driven rashly. Within twoto-four sec­onds the car had jumped onto their lane and hit them be­fore he could re­act. “It just sprang up and crashed into us. It was like straight out from a movie,” said Vi­mal.

Poonam sus­tained in­juries in her head and back caus­ing her death in­stantly, he said. Chetanya, a Class 8 stu­dent, who was sit­ting next to the right rear win­dow, is bat­tling life at For­tis Hospi­tal, Pun­jabi Bagh.

Ab­hishek Sar­dana, Vi­mal and Poonam’s nephew, said the lo­cals and their fam­ily mem­bers had ap­pre­hended the woman who was driv­ing the other car.

The po­lice said that ad­e­quate mea­sures have been taken and a case has al­ready been lodged un­der ap­pro­pri­ate sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and the 22-year-old woman, Shivani Ma­lik, who was al­legedly driv­ing the other car has been ar­rested. Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (west) Monika Bhard­waj said that be­sides charg­ing Ma­lik with sec­tions such as rash and neg­li­gent driv­ing, caus­ing death due to neg­li­gence, po­lice have also booked her for cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der. “We are prob­ing the mat­ter dili­gently,” the DCP said. AC­CI­DENT SPOT

HT PHOTO Graphic not to scale; for rep­re­sen­ta­tional pur­pose only

All three cars in­volved in the crash sus­tained ma­jor dam­age.

HT PHOTO

The car Chetanya’s fam­ily was trav­el­ling in.

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