Car racer Ashwin Sundar, wife die as their BMW hits tree in Chennai, goes up in flames
Chennai, March 18, 2017
Well-known professional car racer Ashwin Sundar and his wife Nivedhita, a doctor working for a local hospital, were charred to death when their BMW car rammed into a tree on the roadside and went up in flames on the San Thome High Road here late last night.
According to police and other sources, Sundar, 31, who was driving, and his wife were trapped in the car, which had got stuck between the tree and a wall, and they could not open the doors.
Both of them died before firefighters or other help could reach the spot, the sources said.
The tragedy was caught on mobile phone cameras by some passers-by, but they could not approach the car, which was in flames. They alerted the police, and a team soon rushed to the spot. Fire brigade personnel from Mylapore also reached the scene in a while and put the fire out.
The police broke open the door of the car and extricated the bodies, which were sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem examination.
Later, the couple was identified with the help of the car's registration number and other details. They had reportedly visited a friend in Raja Annamalaipuram and were returning home to their residence in Aolappakkam, near Porur, when the mishap occurred.
The racing world mourned the death of the young driver.
"#FMSCI deeply regrets death of national racing champ #AshwinSundar and wife Nivedhita in car crash last night. Our condolences to the family," the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) said on Twitter.
"Motor sports has lost a truly fine driver and an amazing person in #AshwinSundar. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPAshwin," FMSCI added.
Sundar had won the Formula 4 national title twice and the MRF Formula 1600 International Challenge competition two times.
Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok said on Twitter: "Very sad to hear this morning that the young Indian National racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife were killed in a road accident. #RIP."