Bengaluru businessman dies in accident during test drive of luxury SUV

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Bengaluru businessman dies in accident during test drive of luxury SUV

The dream of owning a luxury car ended in tragedy for a 31-year-old Bengaluru-based businessman and his family. On Tuesday afternoon, Sagar J Rao had gone to test drive a Range Rover Evoque car from a Roopena Agrahara showroom during which the car met with a terrible accident. The incident took place at the Nayandhalli toll gate on Nice Road. Nice Road, a private tolled road, is one of the most accident-prone zones in the city.

According to the police, the car was travelling at a very high speed and hit the divider in the middle of the road. The car then toppled over and landing in a 10-metre deep ditch. Sagar died on the way to the hospital while his wife Sandhya (28) has injured her spine. Others present in the car - their son Samarth (6), their family friend and Sagar’s business partner Goutham (30), as well as the representative from the car company, Shivakumar, were also injured in the accident.

“We have been told by Mr Shivakumar that Mr Goutham was driving the car, not Mr Sagar. Going by the initial impact on the vehicle, it seems that it was a case of overspeeding. The injured are still getting treatment,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Bengaluru Traffic West Soumyalatha SK told TNM. “We are investigating and obviously we will book the accused as per law in due course of time,” she added.

The condition of the injured people is stable. All of them are being treated in private hospitals. Sagar’s body was taken to Victoria Hospital for post mortem and has been kept at the BGS Hospital mortuary.

Police have are yet to record an official statement as all those present in the car are in a state of shock. A case has been registered at Byatarayanapura Traffic Police Station.

Police sources say that the airbag and the seatbelts saved the passengers sitting in the front from serious injuries. The car costs over Rs 50 lakh and can accelerate from 0-100 km per hour in 8.5 seconds, according to automobile reviews.