Drunk woman loses car’s control, ends up killing 1
13-Yr-Old Girl Injured, May Lose Eyesight
New Delhi: Drunk driving claimed another life in the capital on Friday night and left a young girl with brain injuries and possible loss of vision. Poonam Sardana, 38, was killed and her daughter, Chetanaya, 13, left with serious injuries
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when their car, a Mahindra Quanto, was rammed by a Maruti S-Cross, driven by a 22-year-old woman who was out with her friends. The accused woman, found to be heavily drunk, lost control of her car which jumped over a divider on the Punjabi Bagh flyover around 11.30pm before ramming three cars.
Eyewitnesses told cops the impact made the Maruti SCross turn turtle. The accused woman at the wheel, Shivani Malik, 22, and her friend, Damini, quite miraculously escaped with minor injuries. They told the cops that they had visited a bar in Connaught Place and were driving to a restaurant in Gurgaon along with two other youths.
Shivani was initially let off by the IO after a case of causing death due to negligence (304A IPC) and negligent driving (279 IPC) was registered. It was after the Sardanas staged a protest did police get her back from a hospital where she had got admitted and changed the sections. The IO too was changed.
DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj said a case of culpable homicide under section 304 IPC and causing death due to negligence under section 304A IPC has been registered against Shivani. The car has been impounded. “We found her inebriated and have booked her for driving drunk under the MV Act,” said Bhardwaj. Senior officers claimed Shivani’s medical examination had revealed 200 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Her friend too was found to be heavily drunk.
The Sardanas’ world turned upside down when Poonam’s husband, Vimal, was driving back from a Chattarpur temple to their Adarsh Nagar home with his wife, his children — daughter and six-year-old son — younger brother, Sudhir, and the latter’s wife and 11year old son Vaibhav. Sardana said Poonam was on the seat behind the driver while Chetanaya was sitting on the seat behind her. “I saw the SCross car hurtling down the other carriageway at a high speed. It suddenly jumped over the divider, hit my car and then smashed into another vehicle,” he recalled.
Under the impact of the collision, the Quanto spun a few times. “When it came to a halt, I found my wife and daughter unconscious and the others injured. I had somehow escaped unscathed. Passersby, meanwhile, caught hold of the woman who was driving the car,” said Sardana.
The drivers of the other two cars — a Wagon R and another S-Cross — that were hit escaped with scratches though the vehicles were damaged.
Vimal’s brother, Sudhir, pulled out Poonam and Chetanaya and rushed them to a private hospital in Shalimar Bagh where Poonam was de- clared dead on arrival. “Doctors said Chetanaya had severe injuries in her brain and her face was badly disfigured. They fear she might lose her vision,” said a broken Sardana. The family has decided to donate Poonam’s eyes to Chetanaya if such a situation arises.
According to the police, Shivani, is a resident of Mohan Nagar in Ghaziabad and works at a well-known salon in Noida. The car is registered in the name of her mother, Reena Malik, and was bought a year back. The cops have approached UP police for verifying her licence and the car’s registration papers.
Poonam (left) died and daughter Chetanaya (right) was injured while husband Vimal escaped unhurt in the accident in Punjabi Bagh
Vaibhav (11), the nephew of Vimal Sardana, escaped with minor injuries but his cousin Chetanaya is severely injured