The accident occurred around 4am when Hathras resident Naeem and his five family members were returning home after attending a family function at a relative’s house in Ghaziabad. He was accompanied by his wife Ruby, sisters-in-law Reena and Muskaan, and his two small children.
The family was returning towards their home in the Sikandra Rao area of Hathras when one of the tyres of their Ertiga got punctured near Galgotias University along the Yamuna Expressway. The car was being driven by their driver, Farukkh, who too belonged to their village in Sikandra Rao.
“Farukkh parked the car and started changing the tyre. After replacing the tyre, Farukkh was keeping the punctured one in the boot of the car when a speedy truck approaching from behind crashed into our Ertiga,” Naeem said.
The impact of the crash was such that Farukkh got sandwiched between the two vehicles, resulting in serious injuries in his limbs and head, Naeem said. Ruby, Reena and Muskaan, who were inside the car, too suffered serious injuries.
Police were informed and the four were taken to a private hospital in Greater Noida, where Farukkh was declared brought dead. Dankaur police later lodged an FIR against the truck driver who fled the spot.
Arvind Pathak, SHO Dankaur, told TOI, “The truck has been seized. An FIR has been lodged in the case under IPC sections 279 (rash driving) and 304a (death due to negligence). The owner is being contacted and the driver will also be traced soon.”