A private ambulance driver who ferried an injured management student from the old Pune-Mumbai highway to a hospital in Pune in a critical situation demanded a Blackberry before she was alighted.
Ishita Singh Rao, 21, is the lone survivor among the five management students from Pune’s Indira Group of Institutes who met with an accident on the highway on Sunday. While three died on the spot, one died on way to hospital.
Rao’s sister and friend were travelling alongside in another car.
They said the private ambulance’s driver allowed Rao to be taken out from the vehicle only after they gave him a Blackberry as a collateral.
Though they tried the helpline number for over 30 minutes, it was of no avail, they said.
Rao was finally brought to the hospital in a private ambulance but the driver took a Blackberry from a friends when they fell short of the ambulance charge by Rs350.
Rao’s friend Akansha Sharma, 22, who had come down from Jaipur, said: “We left from Pune in two separate cars. When we were approaching Karla, we saw that the car in which Ishita was travelling had crossed the lane and collided with a truck. We tried the helpline numbers for more than 30 minutes. However, there was no response either from the police or others.
“One of our friends took the car and went to Lonavala and got a private ambulance. We managed to get Ishita out and took her to the Megha hospital in Lonavala. After first aid, we asked the ambulance driver to rush to Pune immediately. Once we reached Pune, he asked for his money but we fell short by Rs350. He wasn’t allowing us to alight. There was no option but to give him the Blackberry worth Rs18,000. After admitting Ishita, we went back in search of him, but by then he had vanished.”
Rao has been admitted to the ICU of Phoenix hospital in Pune.
She’s likely to be discharged in a few days.
dna called the ambulance driver Rajendra, who did not want to give his full name. “They did not have money to pay me. Their friends asked me to keep the cell phone. When he gives the money, I will return it.”
Tragedy on road
The students, who hail from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh, were on their way to Lonavala for a trip and were speeding, when the accident took place, the police had said
Officers said the car’s steering wheel got locked and the vehicle veered into the opposite lane
Assistant inspector of the Lonavala rural police Sandip Yede had said the car turned turtle twice before colliding with a truck (in pic) coming from the opposite direction.