A high-speed crash in the wee hours of Saturday morning claimed a young life in Kokata. Actor Vikram Chatterjee, 30, was behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla Altis while model Sonika Singh Chauhan, 28, was on the front passenger seat at the time of the accident.
How did it happen?
The sedan, said to be a high-speed, tried to avoid a car approaching from a nearby lane. It then went out of control and climbed the footpath, following which it hit a road side stall near Lake Mall on Rashbehari road in South Kolkata. The impact is said to be such that the car turned 180 degrees after hitting the roadside stall.
Vikram Chatterjee and Sonika Chauhan, in a picture from Instagram
Kolkata police is investigating the accident and examining the CCTV footage of the area where the crash happened. After the crash, locals rescued Mr. Chatterjee and Ms. Chauhan from the car, and took them to the Ruby General Hospital on EM Bypass.
Ms. Chauhan was declared brought dead while Mr. Chatterjee, who suffered head and shoulder injuries, was discharged a couple of hours later. However, Mr. Chatterjee complained of discomfort shortly, and was re-admitted to the hospital. He’s presently said to be in the Intensive Care Unit.
The images of the crashed car indicate that both the driver and passenger airbags had not deployed. It’s unclear whether the dead duo were wearing seatbelts at the time of the mishap. Locals said that the badly mangled Toyota Corolla Altis sedan’s doors were jammed and they had to break open one of the door to extra the duo.
Vikram Chatterjee was a popular actor in the Bengali film industry, whose latest movie Khoj (The Lost) had been screened at various film festivals. Sonika Singh Chauhan was a model-turned TV personality who is best known for hosting the Pro-Kabaddi sports league.