Thursday, January 21, 2021

Shocking: Two Indians killed in 2 days in crashes in Australia

The accidents, one in Sydney and the other in Perth, on 17 and 18 September have shocked the community.

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Indian student Malkeet Singh died in a crash in Londonderry. Picture: TNV

The accidents, one in Sydney and the other in Perth, on 17 and 18 September have shocked the community.
With the tragic memories of the death of international student Akanksha Kadam in a car crash at Terrey Hills in July still fresh, these crashes have once again served as sobering reminders of safe driving on roads.
In Sydney’s west on 17 September, international student Malkeet Singh, an Indian student who had arrived in Australia just two months ago, died in a crash in Londonderry. He was in the backseat of the car that was being driven by his friend, 19-year-old Kartik Singh, a P-plater. Kartik miraculously escaped without serious injuries. Police said speed may have been a factor.
Malkeet Singh

A day later, in Perth, 66-year-old Gurbir Singh died when a truck rammed from behind into the car he was travelling in. The truck was being driven by 21-year-old Amritpal Singh Sidhu, who is a student.
Photo credit: babushahi.com

In the Sydney crash, the Audi careened off the road and struck a power pole, snapping the pole into two. One section of the pole then speared into the car. Malkeet sustained serious injuries and died on the spot.
Another friend of the two, Navneet Singh, was travelling in the front passenger seat. He was rushed to Westmead Hospital with head injuries in a critical condition. He is now stable.
The three were going out to have dinner when the crash took place.
Kartik was arrested on Monday and later charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Windsor Local Court on Thursday 12 October.
In Perth, Gurbir Singh, who lived in Chandigarh in India and was visiting his son, was travelling in a car along with his elder brother Daljit, 69, and nephew Guneet, 22. Guneet was driving the car.
Guneet was quoted in the media as saying that the truck in front of him came to a stop in a line of traffic, before the Warton Road roundabout.
He says his car was then hit from behind.
Amritpal Singh Sidhu, 21, was driving that truck.
He faced court on Tuesday, where he was granted bail.
Sidhu is charged with dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

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