In the wee hours of Saturday morning, little did Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha know they’ll be enjoying their last car ride.
Sundar, who was driving, lost control and rammed his car into a tree. However, there was no scope of escaping for either of them since the doors were jammed and refused to open.
Passersby, who witnessed this horrifying incident, immediately called the Chennai City Police Control Room and a team of police personnel from the Adyar traffic investigation wing rushed to the spot.
“When we arrived, the fire was on and we did not know the couple was inside. We extinguished the fire in 16 minutes and found them both trapped. The lady’s legs were seen trapped. The driver’s side of the car was also mangled perhaps making it difficult for Ashwin to move,” a fire department official said to NDTV’s officials.
Ashwin and Niveditha were on their way from a friend’s house MRC Nagar in Raja Annamalaipuram. Sundar was only 27 years old and Niveditha, 26.
Ashwin was India’s finest racers in the Domestic Arena who was in the circuit for almost a decade. Here’s the list of badges he wore as honour in his successful career as a racer –
He was a former national champion across different categories.
He entered the game in the 2002 MRF National Go-Kart Championships (U-17 age group) as a 13-year old. He went on to win the title again in 2003.
He later went on to win the MRF Formula Mondial National titles in 2003 and 2004.
He made his big debut in the Formula FISSME (800 cc) and Formula LGB series (1000 cc) series, finishing fourth in the Indian championship.
He was the youngest Formula LGB driver of his time.
Niveditha was a Doctor working at a Private Hospital.