New Delhi: A tragic accident occurred in Delhi’s Connaught Place on Sunday night wherein a 50-year-old woman was killed after she was run over by an SUV. According to reports, the police managed to stop the car only after the victim was dragged by the vehicle for nearly 300 metres.
The victim was still underneath the vehicle when it was stopped, the police said.
The driver of the SUV (black Jeep Compass) – who has been identified as Shreya Agarwal, a graduate student from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai – was arrested after she was stopped at a police picket nearly 300 metres from the accident spot.
Agarwal, who hails from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, was with two friends at the time of the incident, the police said.
Police also said that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the arrest.
Meanwhile, the identity of the deceased woman has been established as Phoolwati, who lived in a night shelter near Bangla Sahib Gurdwara with her husband.
The accident took place around 9 pm when the SUV, which had three occupants, took a left from Baba Kharak Singh Marg to the lane leading to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, the police said.
The victim was standing on the roadside in front of a restaurant near Shivaji Stadium bus terminal when she was struck by the vehicle. Police said the driver panicked after the accident and tried to flee the spot despite being chased by onlookers.
“I initially tried to stop the vehicle by stepping in front of it, but as it was speeding, I dragged a barricade in front of the car to force it to stop. I saw that a woman was stuck under the car’s rear-left tyre. She was bleeding and appeared to be unconscious. A few people, who had been running after the vehicle, overturned the car and pulled the woman out. The crowd told us they had been chasing the car for nearly 300 metres,” said a police officer was quoted as saying by HT.
After bringing the vehicle to a halt, the police rushed Phoolwati to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. She had sustained fatal injuries to her head and neck, the officer said.
The victim’s body was sent for a post-mortem examination and her husband, Sushil Kumar, was informed.
Deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma has said that the police is currently examining the CCTV footage to establish the sequence of events.