Mumbai: A woman driver in Mumbai has denied reports that she accepted a new car from Reliance Industries as compensation for being hit by an Aston Martin owned by the company. Foram Ruparel, 25, was in an Audi on December 8 when the Aston Martin hit her car and a Hyundai Elantra owned by an executive named Vikram Mishra.
Nobody was seriously hurt in the pile-up.
A Mumbai newspaper today says that both car-owners have received new cars and have informed the police that they are "not interested in pursuing the case any further." (Look what Santa got Aston Martin victims for X'mas)
But Ms Ruparel told NDTV that she has not been contacted by Reliance for any compensation, and that her new Audi was organized through her insurance company.
Over the weekend, Ms Ruparel identified a Reliance employee named Bansilal Joshi as the driver of the Aston Martin that hit her. Mr Joshi, 55, had turned up at the police station handling the case a day after the accident and said he was driving the Aston Martin on December 8.
The police has said that CCTV footage does not conclusively establish that he was the driver, which is why he has not been arrested.
The Press Trust of India reports that Mr Joshi has told the police that he usually chauffeurs Akash, the son of Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani. He allegedly said that he was scared after the accident and jumped into an escort car that usually accompanies all vehicles used by the Ambanis.
The accident took place at night when the speeding Aston Martin was heading towards Haji Ali on Peddar Road in South Mumbai.
The driver lost control and hit Ms Ruparel's Audi, which then flew over the divider on the road and hit a luxury bus.
The Aston Martin rolled ahead to then collide with Mr Mishra's Hyundai Elantra car.