Delhi: Speeding car claims life of auto driver

A speeding Mercedes driven allegedly by a drunk youth rammed into a three-wheeler claiming the life of a 35-year-old auto driver.

New Delhi: A speeding Mercedes driven
allegedly by a drunk youth rammed into a three-wheeler in
South Delhi on Sunday, claiming the life of a
35-year-old auto driver, police said.

The incident took place on Nelson Mandela Road in Vasant
Kunj at around 2:15 AM, and the victim has been identified as
Lilit Kumar Ojha who resided in Paharganj.

Ojha, the lone bread-earner of his family, is survived by
his wife and two young children. His second child was born a
month ago, while the other is eight years old.

According to the police, Harshneet Marwah (24), who was
at the wheels of the Mercedes, was returning home along with
his two friends after having dinner at a restaurant in
Ambiance Mall in Vasant Kunj.

Marwah was allegedly speeding and hit the auto from
behind, a senior police official said. He was on Sunday produced
before a court, which released him on bail.

The incident took place near a police picket and the
policemen there rushed the auto driver to AIIMS Trauma Centre,
where he was declared brought dead.

Marwah and his friends -- Damanjeet Singh and Prayag Raj
Prem -- escaped unhurt as the airbags in the car prevented
them getting any injuries. Marwah was arrested from the spot.

The official claimed that they found liquor bottles in
the car.

The accused youth was medically examined which confirmed
that he was under the influence of alcohol, the official

A case of causing death by negligence and rash and
negligent driving has been registered against him. Police also
invoked Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act against him for
driving under the influence of alcohol.

Marwah recently graduated from Delhi University. His
father is a businessman dealing in real estate.

"The car was in high speed that it dragged the auto for
about 100 metres before finally coming to a stop on the road.

The airbags inside the car saved the lives of the occupants
but the auto was broken into three parts. The auto`s engine
flung several feet away," the official said.