In a horrific incident, a driver drove over the footpath and hit multiple pedestrians in Bengaluru's HSR Layout on Sunday. Police say that the driver was inebriated and lost control of the wheel.
The incident took place at around 3 pm and left seven persons injured in front of Reddy's Restaurant and Irani Chai on 14th Cross Road, 7th phase of HSR Layout. The car drove onto the pavement without warning and injured pedestrians walking on the road. The force of the impact flung people in the air and mowed down two-wheelers parked on the pavement.
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CCTV footage of the incident has since been shared widely and shows pedestrians caught unaware by the speeding car before being struck by it. Two of the injured - Goutham and Shankar - are in a serious condition while five others sustained minor injuries and were discharged from the hospital.
Passersby rushed to the rescue of those hit by the car and transported them to a hospital. Few witnesses pulled out the car driver — identified as Rajendra, 43 — and handed him over to the police. Rajendra, who works for a travel agency and was returning home, was arrested by HSR Traffic Police.
He was driving the car in an inebriated condition while returning from a function to his residence in JP Nagar. He was charged under 185 (drunken driving), 279 (rash driving).