Police in Gautam Budh Nagar said on Tuesday they had added a murder charge in the FIR in connection with the death of a female motorcyclist who was injured in a speeding Jaguar allegedly crashed outside Supertech on Sunday morning. On her motorcycle to the e-Square building in District 96.
Noida resident Dipika Tripathi, 24, was going to work when a car driven by Samuel Andrew Pyster (31) collided with her scooter around 10 am on Sunday, police said.
Pyster had earlier been charged with negligent death under Indian penal code, but the charge was changed to murder on Tuesday after city police chief Laxmi Singh visited the scene.
Cases were registered under Sections 279 (reckless driving), 304A (negligence causing death) and 427 (loss of Rs. The driver, he was arrested. On Tuesday, Section 302 (murder) of the IPC was added to the FIR.
Tripathi works as a receptionist at e-Square, while Pyster, who lives in Faridabad, works as a manager at American Express. He was having breakfast at a cafe with another friend when the accident happened. Police said the luxury item had a VIP registration number for Odisha.
Police said the accident occurred when the driver allegedly accidentally tried to overtake another vehicle and hit Tripathi’s scooter in the process. She was rushed to a private hospital in District 110, where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.
Joint Commissioner (Law and Order) Ravi Shankar Chhabi said police commissioner Laxmi Singh and other senior officials visited the scene on Tuesday morning before the murder charge was added to the FIR.
“After inspecting the scene and taking eyewitness statements, we added a murder charge to the FIR. The site itself does not allow speeding or careless driving. We have also launched a campaign against such reckless driving. Will Strict action will be taken against drivers caught speeding,” Chhabi said.
According to the traffic police, speeding and going the wrong way are the most common traffic violations in the area.
According to figures provided by the police, more than 350 people have been killed in road accidents in Gautam Budh Nagar this year, with about three road accidents reported in the area every day.