In a tragic incident, a 22-year-old student was killed on Friday as his speeding SUV hit a road divider and an electric pole before overturning on the old Mumbai Highway near Raidurgam.
The deceased was identified as Kandakatala Rahul Reddy, while his friend who was a co-passenger, escaped unhurt.
The incident took place near the Sri Venkateshwara temple at Raidurgam as the duo were travelling to Manikonda after they had met a friend at Jubilee Hills.
The police suspect that the car hit the pole and divider at a high speed, which caused it to overturn. Rahul was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, due to which he succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. Meanwhile, his friend is presently undergoing treatment.
Rahul was a resident of Shankerpally and the Mercedes Benz car was registered in his father's name.
The police said that Rahul was pursuing his masters in the US and had come to the city around two months ago on vacation. He was scheduled to return soon.
While the police suspect speeding to be the reason for Rahul's death, they are yet to rule out drunken driving.
According to the Hyderabad Traffic Police's integrated e-challan system, the car (TS 07FX 3699) already had four pending tickets, all for speeding.
The tickets are dated March 5, April 17, April 26 and April 28 this year, under the category 'Over speeding/Dangerous Driving'.
The body was sent for an autopsy and a report is awaited. The police said that they were investigating the case and would take further action.
On the morning of May 10 last year, Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister P Narayana's son, Nishit Narayana, and his friend Kamani Raja Ravichandra died after their car crashed into a pillar of the Hyderabad Metro Rail.
Earlier, it was also reported that three challans were pending against the car driven by Nishit, on the charge of over-speeding, twice at Himayath Sagar and once at Nehru Outer Ring Road of Hyderabad.