CHENNAI: Just a few feet away from the spot where racer Ashwin Sundar's BMW car hit a roadside tree and went up in flames at 2 am on Saturday, the road has a speed-breaker and the police are investigating if the car lost control since it passed over the speed-breaker at a high speed.
According to their relatives and friends, the tragedy struck when Ashwin Sundar and Niveditha were heading home at Alapakkam near Porur after having dinner at a hotel in Leela Palace. Twenty six year old Niveditha, a Sri Lankan national, had recently completed Bachelor of Medicine from Sri Ramachandra University.
Since Niveditha just completed her course, the couple had planned to go on a honeymoon in a few days, they added.
"Ashwin had been telling that he wanted to sell off this BMW car since he is planning to replace it," said Kiran, Ashwin's friend, at the Royapettah Government Hospital where the couple’s mortal remains are kept.
Kiran says by the time he reached the spot after a call from police, the car was fully engulfed in flames. "The police gave me a SIM card and asked me to check it. When I inserted it in a phone and called to mine, it turned out to be Niveditha's number. Only then did we realise that they are no more," Kiran told reporters.
The police officials are yet to comment on what looks like an accident due to speeding. However, according to sources, police suspect the speed-breaker on the road (Dr DGS Dinaaran Salai), just a few feet from the accident spot could have had caused the accident. Police sources say perhaps Ashwin lost control after crossing the speed breaker at a high speed and rammed on the tree resulting in the instant fire.
The safety features in the top-end car still could not save the lives. "Niveditha also knows driving, but Ashwin would always insist only he should drive," said Kiran.
"I had known Ashwin since he was 10-years-old. He has been my regular client and we have had a conversation on Friday evening. It is a total shock that he is no more," said Ameen, Ashwin's bike mechanic. Ameen says Ashwin had turned up at garage mostly for tuning of his bike, and had rarely ever asked for major modifications of the vehicles.
Niveditha's parents, who live in Sri Lanka, were informed about the incident. They are are on the way to Chennai.
Ashwin's father Sundar is a businessman and the family resides at Ashtalakshmi Nagar, Alapakkam.