Bangalore: Seven people, including Tamil Nadu DMK MLA Y Prakaash’s only son were killed when the high-end SUV they were travelling in crashed into a boundary wall and turned turtle at Koramangala here early Tuesday. “The accident occurred at about 2.00am. Seven people, including three women, were killed,” Deputy Commissioner of Police of Bengaluru East Division (Traffic) KM Shantharaju told this agency.
Police sources confirmed that Hosur MLA Prakaash’s only son Y Karunaa Sagar died. They also said none of the people sitting inside the car were wearing seat belts. “Had they worn seat belts, the airbags would have opened and minimised the impact,” a police officer said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president MK Stalin condoled the death of his party legislator’s son in the mishap. He expressed shock and anguish over the incident.
The DCP said the speeding car ran over the footpath and crashed into a boundary wall before it turned turtle. Six people died on the spot, while one succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, sources added. The SUV was allegedly being driven in a reckless manner, they said. They added that CCTV footage showed the vehicle going at great speed moments before crashing. The impact of the crash was such that the front portion of the SUV was completely mangled, they said.
The DCP said an investigation was on to ascertain whether it was a case of drunken driving.
Soon after getting information, the relatives of the deceased rushed to the spot. The MLA was in Chennai when he learnt about the accident and left for Hosur, some 40 km from here, in Krishnagiri district. His elder brother Chandrappa came to the St John’s Hospital here to receive the body after the post-mortem. “A big tragedy has befallen us. I am not in a position to say anything,” Chandrappa told reporters.
A woman, who too died in the accident, was reportedly pursuing a medical course in the UK.