A brand new Mercedes Benz CLA sedan, driven by the son of the health minister of Meghalaya. collided with a policemen duo on a Bajaj Pulsar. One of the policemen died in the crash, while the other has been seriously injured, and has been shifted from Shillong Civil Hospital to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) as his condition deteriorated. Meghalaya health minister Alexander Hek’s 28 year-old son, Aibansharai Nongsiej, has also been admitted to a hospital after suffering injuries.
The rider of the Bajaj Pulsar, 38-year-old Probin D Sangma, a guard at the Shillong district jail, was brought dead to the Shillong Civil Hospital in the wee hours of Saturday. The pillion rider was 28 year-old Probat R Marak, a constable of the Meghalaya police. It’s still unclear as to how the accident happened, and who was at fault. The accident happened at a tri-junction at Fourth Furlong in Polo, Shillong, at about 1245 AM on Saturday, the 7th of April, 2018. Police officials are said to be investigative if the minister’s son was inebriated at the time of the crash.
Health minister Alexander Hek said,
The law must take its own course and the guilty must be punished. I remained with the injured person throughout the night as he didn’t have any relative and also told the hospital authorities to extend all help to him.
Police officials are yet to make official comment on the accident, and are also yet to reveal the results of the medical tests of the Mercedes driver and Pulsar rider.
Danger hours for riding/driving!
Late night hours, between 12 AM and 4 AM are when a lot of fatal accidents occur on roads across India. These accidents are due to multiple causes. While drunken driving during these hours causes a lot of accidents, drivers falling asleep also contribute to late night accidents.
Moreover, motorists tend to drive/ride faster during these hours due to much lower traffic on roads. Controlling vehicles at higher speeds is harder. Visibility is also a challenge at night. All these factors come together to make riding/driving between 12 AM and 4 AM more dangerous than the other hours.
Should you have to drive/ride between such hours, make sure that you are fully alert, and geared up in case of a motorcycle, and belted up in case of a car. It’s always better to avoid riding/driving during these hours whenever possible.