Chetanya Sardana, the daughter of Poonam Sardana who died in the Punjabi Bagh fountain on Friday night, suffered critical injuries, her family members said. The eyes and brain of the 13 year old have been seriously damaged, her family said.
Sonia Sardana, the sister of Poonam, said that Chetanya suffered multiple fractures on her face. They said they donated Poonam's eyes as physicians told them that if Chetanya needed an eye, the donation would ensure that they were given a "priority" eye. Chetanya was unable to work on Saturday, they said.
"Fragments of crushed glass have pierced their eyes to destroy them badly … Doctors have said that it has also developed air voids in her brain and that can not be anesthetized for surgery," Sonia said.
He added that the Chetanya ear drum had also been destroyed. "Our doctors have said they can develop further complications for doctors," he said. He said the doctors told them that it was not possible to keep Poonam's eyes for more than two days and that there was no guarantee that the situation of Chetanya could be stabilized at that time.
On Friday night, the Sardan family meetings at Bhai Dooj turned into mourning when their car was hit by another car driving a woman under the influence of alcohol. They said they were at home from a temple in southern Chhatarpur in Delhi when the accident occurred.
Chetanya Vimal's father, who was driving his car, Mahindra Quanto, said he had initially identified the deceptive Maruti S-Cross on the other side of the divisor, which led inexorably. Within two to four seconds, the car had jumped into their lane and hit them before reacting. "We just got up and crashed into us. It was as if straight from a movie," said Vimal.
Poonam suffered head and back injuries, causing her death immediately, she said. Chetanya, a class 8 student sitting next to the right rear window, is fighting for life at Fortis Hospital, Punjabi Bagh.
Abhishek Sardana, the nephew of Vimal and Poonam, said the locals and their family members had captured the woman who was driving the other car.
Police have said that the appropriate measures have been taken and a case has been filed in accordance with the appropriate sections of the Indian Criminal Code, and 22-year-old woman Shivani Malik, allegedly driving the other car, has been arrested. Albanian deputy police (western) Monika Bhardwaj said that in addition to charging Malik with parts such as rash and driving negligence, causing death due to negligence, police have also testified her for a bad manslaughter that does not amount to murder. "We are thoroughly examining the matter," said DCP.
First Published: November 11, 2018 15:27 IST