National racing champion Ashwin Sundar and wife charred to death inside auto

Yolanda Curtis
March 18, 2017

Sundar had won the national title in vehicle racing and two-wheeler events on several occasions.

An Indian race-car driver and his wife were killed early Saturday after their BMW crashed into a tree and burst into flames in southern India, police said.

Fire and rescue services personnel from Mylapore also pressed into service.

According to the police, the couple was trapped inside the auto unable to open the doors.

Ashwin was 27 years old and his wife Nivedhita was a doctor by profession.

The BMW auto is said to have been engulfed by fire nearly instantly, leaving no chance for the racer, Ashwin Sundar, aged 27, and his wife Niveditha to get out of the vehicle. Out of control, it pounded on a tree near Ambedkar memorial and caught fire. The Chennai Police was alerted by passerby and fire department personnel too rushed to the spot struggling for about half-an-hour to douse the fire. Later, they identified them with the help of the vehicle registration number. The bodies were sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital for postmortem.

The accident comes barely days after the Chennai police had seized ten luxury cars for racing on the East Coast Road.

Ashwin Sundar was a resident of Alapakkam near Porur and was a professional racer.

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