A 19-year-old girl, drunk driving a car towards Ruby connector on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass rammed the vehicle on a road divider on Sunday.
The girl died on the spot as her head was almost smashed and six other commuters of the same car were critically injured. They were admitted to a private hospital, off the EM Bypass by the traffic police personnel who were on duty.
Police said Ahana Kar, an Information Technology professional, based at Salt Lake Sector V, was in her joyride with her friends early on Sunday, when they met with the severe accident near a five star hotel on the EM Bypass.
A police source said that they took the car from Sector V to go to a night club at South Kolkata after completion of their shift. Ahana took the wheels, but she was intoxicated.
Her friends tried to restrain her from driving the car, but she did not budge from the driver’s seat. The car came from the Salt Lake and took the EM Bypass at high speed.
“I took the girl to the hospital with some of her friends. But she was declared dead on arrival. Some of her friends also received heavy injuries. The family members of the victims were informed,’ a police officer said.
There are several cases of joyride which turned into harsh road mishaps which can be found in police’s records.
A Class XI student, Faraz Ahmed rode to Wet ‘O’ Wild, water park in Salt Lake to celebrate his 20th birthday with his birthday gift, a motorcycle early August. But he met with an accident while returning home via EM Bypass along with his friend. The accident claimed his life too.
A 16-year-old boy riding a motorbike without a helmet was run over by a truck on EM Bypass near Panchannagram on June this year. Manu Singh had taken out his cousin’s motor bike, allegedly without his knowledge at night and gone for a joyride with friends when the truck mowed him down around 100 metre from his home.
“We are taking stringent steps to book the bikers without helmet plying on EM Bypass. But Ahana was driving a car. It is very difficult to restrain a speeding car. We can arrest the driver, but people need to be more conscious driving the car in EM Bypass,” a police officer said.