Ra.One animator hit by speeding car, battling for life


MUMBAI: The 28-year-old animator, who led the team that recently won the national award for special effects in Shahrukh Khan’s Ra.One, is battling for life, after an auto rickshaw in which she was travelling, was hit by a speeding car in suburban Oshiwara here, leaving her seriously injured, police said Monday.

The mishap took place in the early hours of Sunday around 1 am, when the victim, Charu Khandal was returning home in the auto with her sister Ritu and friend Vikrant Goyal, after a party that she had thrown for close family and friends on Saturday night, they said.

The young animator has suffered multiple fractures in her leg and spine besides grave injuries on her head after the black Honda City rammed into the auto rickshaw, which turned turtle near Sriji restaurant, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Monday.

Ritu and Goyal also received severe injuries in the accident, police said.

The trio was immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital where Charu is battling for life and two others are undergoing treatment.

Manoj Gautam, who was driving the car, was arrested Sunday for rash and negligent driving. He was subsequently granted bail, police added. – Bernama