It was a matter of few seconds. As if some scene from a Bollywood Hollywood movie things happened
fast and few shots were juxtaposed to give the impact.
I shrieked in horror as my friend beneath the steering gasped speechlessly in the middle of the road with the light showing red. The car ahead and we following somehow had jumped the red light without hardly realizing ( I know blame it all on girl drivers) and within moments the light from our left to right went green and very fast there was this huge colliding sound, the car toppling on one side hitting the divider with full force and turn upside down hit another bike in the process .
We paused in horror at the middle of the road as people rushed towards the car. With sense pouring in I nudged my friend ‘Let’s move… light is red’. Amidst all the fiasco we inched ahead slowly as people pushed the car upright. Both of us got the glimpse of a man, belt fastened , head tilted on one side absolute motionless and both of us did not know whether we saw blood trickling from his forehead or it was a figment of our imagination.
Our car started moving in track.
‘Should we stop’ my friend murmured in horror.
‘I think a crowd has gathered, they will help’ the sensible me tried to remain calm.
After a few seconds we were gasping with tears. I guess both of us thought that he was dead. She panicked ‘How do I drive, my limbs are trembling’
Later at the restaurant when we joined our office gang reassured us, ‘With belt people survive’
Burdened with guilt and shock as we were behind him as we crossed the red light, and I could vouch that in all the traffic somehow the light was not visible at all, with no timer and no yellow light there was absolutely no indication it has turned red. The car ahead tried to speed and clear off the red light as we faltered in the middle in confusion and moved slowly while another from the green light side had commenced movement. Was it his fault, did he drive rashly can,t be because we were just behind him and we could be novice drivers but not rash. Was the audi driver who had moved when the light was green was at fault, who was in such a hurry...
We didn’t know.. but could we be the one in Santro, trying to speed away after crossing a red light by mistake and then… Well he didn’t die!! Didn,t he?? He couldn’t it was a busy road and so many hospitals nearby. I got convinced gradually as I tried to savour the food in the party.
This incident happened in the Mahipalpur Vasant Kunj red light two days back… would the authorities listen…was the light at fault.. can they ensure timers and an yellow light… can justice be done..
Should we have stopped the car and ensure he was taken for treatment, should we write a mail to Delhi Traffic Police…
Is the man alive… would justice find a way…