Drunk woman loses car’s con­trol, ends up killing 1

13-Yr-Old Girl In­jured, May Lose Eye­sight

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NEWS NET­WORK

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

Yo­gesh Ku­mar

Vaib­hav (11), the nephew of Vi­mal Sar­dana, es­caped with mi­nor in­juries but his cousin Chetanaya is severely in­jured

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