Speeding car hits divider in Banjara Hills; driver dead, two critical

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TRAGIC: Bystanders trying to help the youngsters trapped inside the car after it overturned.

Hyderabad: One person died and two others were seriously injured when their car turned turtle on the busy Banjara Hills Road No 3 on Tuesday afternoon.

The i20 car hit the road divider at a high speed near Masjid junction and rolled over killing the driver on the spot. The other two persons who received injuries were shifted to hospital by the police. The identity of the three persons in the car is yet to be ascertained.

The accident resulted in heavy traffic jam on either side of the busy road stretch between Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills checkpost and the police had a hard time clearing the jam.

A lunch trip that turned fatal

A trip to have biryani during the college lunch break ended in tragedy for three friends, all in their 20s.

According to the police, the three youngsters – Farshahat Ali, Danish Javid and Waiz – had left the Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology on Road No 3 in Banjara Hills around 1 pm with their initial plan to have biryani from a restaurant on the same road stretch.

They had set out on Farshahat’s car, a Hyundai i20 bearing number TS 09 EB 6049.

However, they changed their plan on the way and went to have ice-cream at a parlour near the Harley Davidson showroom, said D Hareesh Reddy, SI, Banjara Hills.

From the parlour, the three were in a hurry to return to college and Farshahat was allegedly driving quite fast. As they reached the curve near the TV9 Channel office near Reddy Labs, he lost control of the vehicle.

Police said Farshahat had suddenly noticed a slow-moving auto-rickshaw and while trying to avoid hitting it, rammed into the road divider. The car, which somersaulted over the divider onto the opposite side of the road, turned turtle.

While Farshahat suffered fatal head injuries and died on the spot, Javid, seated next to him, fractured his hand. He was shifted to a private hospital in Barkatpura. Waiz, who was in the rear seat, escaped unhurt.

A case under section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to negligence causing death, was booked and is investigated. The body meanwhile was shifted to the Osmania General Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Two accident spots close to each other

It was barely a kilometre away from the spot where Farshahat died that another ghastly accident claimed the lives of three people, including 10-year-old P Ramya exactly a year ago.
July 1 last year was Ramya’s first day in school, after securing admission St Ann’s School in Secunderabad and with the whole family had gone to pick her up from school.

Ramya, her mother Radhika, Ramya’s paternal uncles P Rajesh and P Ramesh and her grandfather P Madhusudhan Chary, were returning home in their Hyundai Santro car, when a Hyundai i10 car, carrying six youngsters, driven by Shraveel and most of them allegedly drunk, struck the divider, flipped over it and crashed into the Santro near the Punjagutta graveyard.

While Rajesh, who was driving the Santro, died on the spot, Ramya suffered grievous injuries and battled for nearly 10 days before breathing her last. Madhusudhan Chary, who too waged a tough battle for 18 days, was the third casualty in the accident, which had left both Radhika and Ramesh too with serious injuries.

“This stretch, especially the curve, is accident prone. Motorists need to be extra careful while driving. A speed limit should be followed here to avoid accidents,” as senior police official from Banjara Hills said.

Meanwhile the police, who are investigating Tuesday’s accident, are also checking if Farshahat had a valid licence.