Racer Ashwin Sundar, wife charred to death after BMW catches fire

Chennai, Mar 18 (Zee News): Professional Indian car racer Ashwin Sundar and his wife Nivedhitha were charred to death after their BMW car caught fire following a road accident in Chennai.

The car reportedly rammed on a roadside tree on the Santhome High Road in Chennai in the early hours of Saturday and the duo got trapped inside.

The car, which was being driven by Sundar, was stuck in between the tree and a wall after catching fire and the couple were burned to death.

Nivedhitha, a doctor by profession, was working in a private clinic.

Seeing the vehicle on fire, passersby alerted the Chennai city police control room, and a team of police personnel were quickly sent to the spot but it was too late for the couple to be evacuated from the car.

A passerby uploaded the video of the BMW car burning down.

They reportedly found it hard to open the car doors and hence got trapped inside of the burning vehicle.

The couple's bodies have since been sent to the Royapettah Government Hospital for a postmortem.

Police officials claimed that the racer's over speeding was the reason behind the crash.

Fire and rescue services personnel from Mylapore also rushed to spot but it took around half-an-hour to put out the fire.

FMSCI chief Akbar Ebrahim and former Indian F1 driver Karun Chadhok wrote condolence messages on Facebook.

Sundar had won the national title in car racing and two-wheeler events on several occasions. His wife Niveditha was a doctor in a private hospital in Chennai.

In 2008, Ashwin had clinched a deal with German racing team Ma Con Motorsport and drove for the German Formula Volkswagen ADAC Championship.

With PTI inputs




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  • NM, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Just saw the video... If you observe the video carefully, you can see that the tree is on the middle of the road! Leave alone high speed impact, one might end up hitting the tree even at 50km/hr if the situation arises. The road contractor should be held responsible for this accident.

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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    May their souls rest in peace. Unfortunate tragic death.

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  • rich, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    There may be more BMWs in India than foreign countries.

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    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    There is a saying that ,we have a strong chest that doesn't mean we can hit it to the stone !

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  • PAM Suvarna, Karla

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Our roads are only fit to drive maximum speed 80/KM/Hour.
    Tax we are paying as road tax is not properly being used for and constructing and maintaining proper road facility.

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  • Danish, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Very disheartening.
    Everyone needs to realise that no matter how professional you are fate has its own destiny.
    The man was a professional driver and even being an expert couldn't outrun the obstacle nor get out from the Car. This means during critical stages its common for an individual to outsmart fate at times.
    The lady is a doctor whose job is to save lives. Even she was helpless.

    Generally the vehicles go under tremendous testing for safety before released in market. But was wondering what if in future an emergency features comes into place, say an automatic sprinkler or an emergency exit or door locks automatically opened after 15 seconds into crash or Trunk door dispatches or seat belts kpening automaticall after a certain time after crash or an exit chite like the one we see on F16s. Yes this would cost more, but that is why people buy High end Cars. For Low budget cars there should be something available in times of emergencies.

    And the irony of our people as always is they will not find it even a bit hard to capture the incident when there are actual people burning inside. It says here they tried to open the lock. Seriously? How do you expect to open the lock when its locked from inside? Everybody locks doors the moment they sit inside. You can't expect the locks to be opened. The bystanders could have atleast threw sands or water or break windows through hard objects basically from back. All they do is shoot video or only wait till someone takes an initiative to dozz off the fire.

    I remember Hollywood actor Paul Walker who lost his life under the same circumstances.

    That was Porsche and this time BMW. What good is a car if it cant safegaurd the people inside.
    Yes you can blame for overspeeding but the cars have been built that way to pass crash test and fire test. Over speeding too is dangerous on certain roads, but the stability of the car needs to be there too.
    Why pay more for nothing . All we do is feel sad for them and move on. REALITY!

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Many times our own profession, that took us to sky-height, becomes the reason to our end too. For example, a snake catcher.

    For this gentleman, mobility by cars was his profession and the very gadget ended his life. Very unfateful.

    RIP young couple, may God grant solace to their grieving family members.

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    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    what a tragic end. These expensive cars are only for luxury and prestige and not for racing in Indian roads. May their souls rest in peace. Are the airbags & all the expensive safety gadgets in cars ineffective?

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  • Mario, Lalbagh

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    RIP Ashwin. Sad way for a young couple to go.

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