Drunk student runs amok in car, mows down 3 in city Was Returning From Party At Star Hotel by TIMES NEWS NETWORK on 4th November 2013
Chennai: A drunk college student in a sedan mowed down three people including a police head constable on Kamarajar Salai early Saturday morning.
Police said 21-year-old Anbu Surya, a second-year BCom student at Loyola College, was driving to his residence in Indira Nagar, Adyar, from R K Salai in a Volkswagen Vento (PY-01 BR 7290) when the accident took place.
Surya’s sister, Aadhilakshmi, 26, an MBBS graduate, and their friend, Krish, 25, who works for a five star hotel near Gemini Flyover, were also in the car. They were returning from a party at a luxury hotel on Anna Salai. Investigators said Surya’s car careened across the road after he failed to slow down at a speed-breaker.
The car ploughed into pedestrians, a parked car and two motorcycles, and a roadside tea shop. Head constable S Sekar and fish vendors S Thilakavathy, 32, and R Arjun, 19, were killed on the spot.
Families lose breadwinners A drunk college student’s moment of rashness cost three families their breadwinners. Two of those killed were a fisherman and a fish vendor, who supported family members with their meagre earnings. The other victim, a head constable attached to the Marina police station, and his wife were expecting their first child. P 2 Occupants of car survive with bruises
Chennai: Pedestrians Manikandan, 20, Durai, 60, and Praveen Kumar, 23, were injured and have been hospitalised.
The three occupants of the car survived the accident with minor injuries. Surya and Aadhilakshmi, whose father is a businessman in Villianur village near Puducherry, were admitted to a private hospital in Teynampet. Police arrested Krish after he was treated for bruises. A magistrate later remanded him in judicial custody.
Police are likely to arrest Surya as soon as he is discharged. Surya is booked under IPC Sections 304 (ii) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 279 (rash driving) and 337 (endangering life) and under the Motor Vehicles Act.
Witnesses said the victims of the accident did not see it coming. Thilakavathy and Arjunwere sipping tea when the car hit them. Head constable Sekar stepped out of an ATM afternight patrol when he was fatally knocked down by the vehicle.
“Surya was drunk but the other occupants of the vehicle had not consumed alcohol,” a police officer said. “They will be charged with abetment for allowing Surya to drive though they knew he was drunk.”
Surya said he had a driving licence but the car was registered in his mother’s name. Police officers said they will seek maximum punishment for Surya under IPC Section 304 (ii).