Police engaged in investigation of the accident. (symbolic)
Five members of two Indian-origin families, including two children, were killed when an SUV rammed into the outdoor dining area of a pub in Australia. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a BMW car climbed the footpath on Sunday night and hit people eating dinner on the lawn in front of the Royal Daylesford Hotel. Vivek Bhatia (38), his son Vihaan (11), Pratibha Sharma (44), her daughter Avni (9) and partner Jatin Chugh (30) died in this.
According to the news, Sharma and his family had come for a holiday with other family friends Bhatia and his son Vihaan. In the incident, Vivek Bhatia’s 36-year-old wife Ruchi and his six-year-old son Abir have been taken to the hospital in critical condition. Initially Abir’s condition was critical and the bones of both his legs were broken and there were internal injuries but now he is stable.
Police interrogated the car driver
Many people including an infant have been injured in the accident who have been admitted to the hospital. The driver of the BMW (SUV) has been interrogated by the police in the hospital. At this time, the name of the 66-year-old driver, from Mount Macedon, has not been released and he has not been arrested or charged by police.
Talked to mother two hours before death
A police statement provided to the Harold Sun said no charges have been brought against the driver at this time and he will continue to be questioned after being released from hospital. Meanwhile, Pratibha Sharma’s father Vikas said that she had spoken to her mother Urmila two hours before her death.
Independent candidate for Werribee seat of Victorian Parliament
Pratibha Sharma was running as an independent candidate for the Werribee seat of the Victorian Parliament. She was a registered migration agent and had recently become a lawyer. The small Victorian town north of Melbourne is in a state of shock and mourning due to this horrific accident. The Indian community is in mourning after his death, with many people expressing their grief on social media.