A 45-year-old man and his wife died after a car allegedly crashed into their bicycle near Lajpat Nagar metro station. The incident took place on September 29 and the couple succumbed to their injuries six days later.
The victims have been identified as Suresh and his wife Shiney. While Suresh worked as an office secretary in Vigyan Bhawan, Shiney was a senior consultant in the Drinking Water and Sanitation Department of the Jal Shakti Ministry. They are survived by their 15 year old son who studies at Don Bosco School.
Their family said on Saturday that the couple moved from Kerala to Delhi over 10 years ago and were living in Sarita Vihar.
Police arrested a 47-year-old woman who was driving the car at the time of the incident, and registered a traffic accident. Articles on negligence and causing death were added later in the case. However, she was released because sections of the FIR were likely to be released on bail.
Police said the incident took place around 10 a.m. on September 29 when Suresh dropped off Shiney in his office near the CGI compound. The two were on a Royal Enfield when a Honda City car crashed into their bike and nearly mowed them. The couple sustained serious head and chest injuries. They were transported to Moolchand Hospital by a passer-by and PCR vans.
During treatment, Suresh died of cardiac arrest and other complications on October 1, and Shiney died of head injuries on October 5.
A senior officer from Lajpat Nagar Police Station said, “The accused woman has been found and arrested. We found that she was not under the influence of alcohol and was driving recklessly. She was incarcerated in the appropriate sections and later released on bail. “
During the investigation, police discovered that the accused was taking a sharp turn when the car accidentally struck the bicycle. The police suspect the woman is speeding.
The couple’s family in Thiruvananthapuram were made aware of the incident and they came to Delhi last week. Their son will now live with Suresh’s sister in Kerala.
Suresh’s cousin Vijay Kumar who also lives in Delhi said: “… Suresh has always helped me. His parents passed away a few years ago and we had no other relatives here. His wife was a hardworking woman. It’s sad that their child is alone. Suresh would usually drop Shiney off at his desk on their bike.