In an unfortunate accident, international car racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife were killed on Saturday after their car crashed into a tree in Chennai after midnight. The accident took place at the Pattinapakkam area, on the Santhome High Road.
While the 27-year-old Ashwin was the national champion in LGB F4 category in 2012 and 2013, his wife Niveditha was a doctor in a private hospital.
Notably, a video of the blazing fire was circulated on social media by eyewitnesses. They said they failed to rescue the couple because of the extreme heat from the flames.
Officials said the fire-fighters received a call at around 1:51 am. A team was rushed to the spot but it was too late to save the couple. Ashwin Sundar was driving the car at the time the accident happened.
“When we arrived, the fire was on and we did not know the couple was inside. We extinguished the fire in 16 minutes and found them both trapped. The lady’s legs were seen trapped. The driver’s side of the car was also mangled perhaps making it difficult for Ashwin to move,” said a fire department official.
A probe has been launched in the case. However, police suspect speeding caused the accident