Delhi Hit and Run Victim's Autopsy Reveals the Extent of Injuries
The remains of the body were smudged with dirt and mud due to the dragging.
NEW DELHI: A hit-and-run case in Delhi in the early hours of new year's day 2023 led to the death of a 20-year-old woman after she was dragged for several kilometres under the perpetrators' vehicle. The remains of her body were found several kilometres from the spot of the accident. Her autopsy report revealed the seriousness of the injuries received.
A board of expert doctors at the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi conducted the formal medical procedures. And it revealed several injuries to the body as it was dragged while being entangled under a Maruti vehicle.
"Shock and haemorrhage as a result of antemortem injury to the head, spine, left femur, and both lower limbs. All injuries produced by blunt force impact and possible with vehicular accident and dragging. The report also indicates that there is no injury suggestive of sexual assault. The final report will be received in due course. Further investigation in the case is underway," Special CP (Law and Order of Southern Zone), Sagar Preet Hooda mentioned.
According to the reports, the skull cavity was found open and her brain matter was found missing. Among a total of 40 injuries, her spine fracture in the lumbar region. and rib damage were also reported. The remains of the body were smudged with dirt and mud due to the dragging. Antemortem injuries was noted to the head, spine, lower limbs and femur causing shock and haemorrhage to the victim.
"Her internal examination has revealed that the scalp (was) avulsed and hanging irregularly, smudged with mud and dirt. Her skull cranial cavity (was) open, with grinding effect present at the margins bones present the bones vault fracture from the sutural ends and missing. Fracture of the base of the skull (was) present. Pleural cavity (was) both open with exposition of both the lungs," the report said.
In its eight-page report, the medical board also informed that there were a total of 40 injuries and some of the injuries were inconspicuous due to blackening, smudging, and brush burn effects. "The injuries were mixed antemortem, perimortem and postmortem in nature," mentioned the report.
"All injuries collectively can cause death in the ordinary course of nature. However, injury to the head, spine, long bones and other injuries can cause death independently and collectively in the ordinary course of nature. All injuries produced by blunt force impact and possible with vehicular accident and dragging. However, final opinion will be given after receipt of chemical analysis and biological sample reports," a report said.
The lack of clothes on the body was one of the reasons for speculations of sexual assault, which was ruled out in the preliminary medical investigations.