They say “Speed Thrills but Kills”. This is what happened at 12:35 am on August 7, 2014. Four college students, two from Vincent Palloti College of Engineering and two from Yashwantrao College of Engineering (YCCE) were riding on a Honda City Car bearing Registration No MH-31 / DK 1909, and were coming from Futala to Ravi Nagar Square. Hit opposite to the Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT) gate, the car rammed into a road-side tree, killing two youths on the spot while two other youth were injured critically.
The deceased include Anurag Anil Khaparde aged 22 years and a student of YCCE and Ishita Mohan Malay aged 21 years and a student of Vincent Palloti College of Engineering. Both had died on the spot.
The critically injured youth include Ujwal A Ghutgutiya aged 24 years is a student of YCCE and Shriya Joshi aged 22 years, a student of Vincent Palloti College of Engineering. Both have been admitted at Dande Hospital and are said to be unconscious. The Doctors at Dande Hospital have just said that they are critical.
There are two theories that have come forward in this accident based on the eye-witnesses and those who heard the sound of the mishap.
While one theory said that the car was being driven at a speed of 150-160 kmph and the driver lost control over the car, and when the driver applied the brakes, the car swerved and rammed into a tree hit opposite to LIT gate. The car was practically wrapped around the tree, causing instant death to the youth sitting in the seat next to the driver and the girl was sitting behind him. The youth who were sitting on the right side escaped death but are said to be critically injured. Some policemen, who were on the night duty, said that one of the legs of the victims could not be located so far. However prima-facie it appears as if it is just a case of speeding and not due to the influence of alcohol.
The second theory is the left front tyre burst causing imbalance of the car and the car running into the tree.
Only after the post-mortem can it be stated if there was alcohol involved in the cause of death.
The deceased girl is said to be from Hyderabad and her family has been informed. The entire staff of Vincent Palloti College of Engineering swung into action right from the time they came to know of the mishap and were said to be providing all the support to the police.
The classmates of both the girls Ishita Malay and Shriya Joshi are in a shock. The Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved and are praying for the quick recovery of the injured.