1 killed, 3 injured in drink driving accident

One person was killed and three injured after a call centre cab rammed a motorcycle, a cycle, and hit a man sleeping on a cart in Noida in the early hours of Tuesday. A senior police officer said the driver of the vehicle, Sant Ram, was alone in the vehicle at the time of the incident, and was in an inebriated state.

He was apprehended by passersby after his car came to a halt, and he was later arrested.

A senior police officer said the incident took place at 12.30 am near Noida Sector-67.

"The accused had consumed alcohol in Ghaziabad and was returning home in Ghori Baccheda. As he was heavily inebriated, he first crashed into a motorcycle, on which Vishal and Sumit, both residents of Greater Noida were travelling. Fifty metres ahead, Sant Ram then crashed his Tata Sumo into Mahesh, also a resident of Greater Noida, who was on a cycle. He accelerated in an attempt to flee and hit the cart of Prakash Yadav, a tea vendor. The car came to a halt only after it crashed into a divider," the officer said.

According to police, Yadav was killed on the spot. "All four were rushed to Jagdamba hospital, where Yadav was declared dead on arrival. Mahesh is critical while the other two are recuperating," an officer said.

Once the car came to a halt, passersby overpowered Sant Ram. "The crowd was angered by the fact that the man tried to run away despite ramming so many people. Constables rushed to the spot and arrested him. He was so inebriated that he could barely stand. A case under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and further investigations are under way. It has been confirmed that the driver was not on duty when the incident took place," a senior officer said.

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