More than four months after nine-year-old Ramya, her uncle and her grandfather succumbed to injuries in Hyderabad after an alleged drunken-driving accident, a police charge sheet revealed that the accused reportedly had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 63.25 mg.
The permissible level according to the Hyderabad Traffic Police is below 30 mg. The rules also state that anything above 40 mg is dangerous.
The charge sheet comes over a month after the Hyderabad High Court granted bail to 20-year-old R Shravil, the engineering student who was driving the car and caused the road accident that took place at Banjara Hills.
"The investigation has been completed and we have submitted the charge sheet to the High Court. We have also booked Vishnu Vineeth, as the car was registered under his mother's name. Both the boys were highly intoxicated at the time of the accident," investigating police officer, K Srinivas told The News Minute.
It was also reported that Shravil did not have a driving license.
"Both the accused and three others consumed three pegs of whiskey each and, at the time of making payment, the friends fell short of Rs 1,000, so one of them paid it using a debit card. Shravil drove at high speed and hit the road divider. The car fell on the other side of the road and led to the death of three members of one family," a Times of India report quotes the charge sheet as saying.
TOI also reports that the students had paid a total bill of Rs 3,739.
The day of the accident was Ramyaâ€™s first day at St. Annâ€™s School in West Maredpally. Her whole family â€“ parents, grandfather, and two uncles â€“ had gone to pick her up, but never returned home.
While Ramya's uncle died on the spot, Ramya slipped into a coma and succumbed to her injuries after being put on a ventilator for a week.
Her grandfather also passed away after being treated for 18 days.
Shravil and his friends were served liqour, despite being underage, by the TGI Friday pub at the Cineplex mall near KBR park.
Though the outlet was sealed by the excise department after the incident, no further action has been taken.
"We registered a separate case against the management of the pub for serving liquor to underage students, and it has been permanently closed," Srinivas added.
Though the police had taken many steps to avoid such incidents following the Ramya case, drunk driving continues to claim the life of many people and is leaving many more injured in road accidents in the city.
In October alone, the Hyderabad Traffic Police booked 478 people.
On October 2, a five-year-old girl Sanjana and her mother were hit by the speeding car when they were crossing the road from the bus stop at Pedda Amberpet near Hayathnagar.
Sanjana, who was hit on the head was immediately rushed to the hospital along with her mother and was put on ventilator support while her mother was admitted to the ICU.
The accused, software engineer B Venkata Ramana, and two of his friends travelling with him, Y Yadi Reddy and T Srinivasulu were reported to be heavily inebriated.
Despite this, they were granted bail within two days of the incident.