Road race involving Thar, BMW kills taxi passenger in Thrissur

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Thar that was involved in accident, Ravishankar

Thrissur: A man was killed after one of the luxury vehicles engaged in a race hit the taxi car in which he was travelling after a family visit to Guruvayur temple. Padukad native Ravishankar (67) was identified as the deceased. The accident took place near Kottekkad centre on Wednesday night. The police said that a Thar and BMW were engaged in the race that led to the accident.

The Thar that came in the opposite direction of the car rammed into it. Though Ravishankar was rushed to Daya Hospital, he couldn’t be saved. Ravishankar’s wife Maya (61), daughter Vidya (35), granddaughter Gayathri (4) and driver Rajan were also injured in the accident and are currently undergoing treatment.

The BMW car sped away without stopping after the accident. One of the men inside the Thar was caught and handed over to the police. Thrissur Ayyanthole native Sherin is currently in police custody and is being questioned in the case. He was found to be intoxicated during the medical inspection.

Police said two separate FIRs -- one for causing death and another for causing injuries -- would be registered after inquest proceedings are completed.

Meanwhile, the victim's wife told a TV channel that the accident happened suddenly.

She said that as she was pulled out from the taxi, her husband -- who was sitting in the front seat -- was not moving and locals were saying that the jeep was travelling at a very high speed.

The taxi driver told the TV channel that after the BMW went past them at high speed, he heard another vehicle approaching fast and therefore, he stopped the car and moved it to a side of the road.

Despite that, the speeding Thar rammed into the taxi, he claimed.

Visuals aired on TV channels showed locals detaining the Thar driver after the accident.

Police said that the BMW had sped away from the area, but was later identified based on CCTV footage of the area.

(With inputs from PTI)

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