Professional car racer Ashiwn Sundar and his wife Nivedhitha were burnt to death after their BMW car rammed into a tree in Santhome High road during the early hours of Saturday at around 3:30 am.
Police said Sundar and his wife were trapped inside the car as they could not open the doors. The car was stuck in between the tree and a wall. The car caught fire, and the couple were charred to death
Sundar was driving the car. Nivedhitha was a doctor working at a private hospital.
Passersby, who saw the vehicle on fire, alerted the Chennai city police control room, and a team of police personnel from the Adyar traffic investigation wing rushed to the spot.
Fire and rescue services personnel from Mylapore also pressed into service. They struggled for around half-an-hour to put out the fire.
Adyar traffic investigation wing inspector of police Vanitha and her team broke open the car and recovered the bodies of the couple. The bodies were sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital for postmortem.
“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.
An investigation has been launched. Police say they suspect speeding caused the accident.
Racer Karun Chandhok was among those who mourned Ashwin Sundar’s death on Twitter.
Very sad to hear this morning that the young Indian National racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife were killed in a road accident. #RIP
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) March 18, 2017
— Aadhav (@aadhavkk) March 18, 2017