Months after drunk driving resulted in the death of a family in Hyderabad, another similar incident in the city's Amberpet area has left a five-year-old girl brain dead and her mother in a critical condition.
"The incident took place at around 10 pm on Sunday when Sri Devi and her daughter Sanjana were crossing the road from the bus stop at Pedda Amberpet near Hayathnagar and a drunk driver who was speeding on the highway hit the duo," said Inspector J Narender Goud from the Hayathnagar police station.
According to the police, there were two members in the car, who were on their way from Vijayawada to Hyderabad.
Reports suggest that they had stopped on the highway to purchase the liquor before continuing to drive on the road, despite it being Gandhi Jayanthi, a mandated dry day.
The accused left the car at the spot and fled the scene.
"The car is in our possession. The police have registered a case and are tracing the owners. We will arrest the accused soon," Goud added.
Sanjana, who was hit on the head was immediately rushed to the hospital along with her mother. She is presently on ventilator support and under observation at the Kamineni hospital in the city.
Authorities at the hospital confirmed that she suffered from multiple fractures and severe head injury.
This comes less than three months after P Ramya, a class 4 student, died while she was returning home after her first day at school, when her car was hit by a drunk engineering student who was driving with his friends.
Rajesh, Ramyaâ€™s paternal uncle died on the spot while her mother Radhika, another uncle were admitted to the hospital. Her grandfather Madhusudhana Chary also died later.
The student was arrested after the mishap.