Racer Ashwin Sundar, wife charrred to death in BMW auto mishap

One of India's most prominent racers in the domestic arena, Ashwin Sundar had been in the professional vehicle racing circuit for well over a decade.

An Indian race-car driver and his wife were killed early Saturday after their BMW crashed into a tree and burst into flames in southern India, police said. The vehicle, which got stuck between the tree and a wall, soon caught fire and the couple were charred to death. Both Ashwin and Niveditha were burnt alive as they could not get out of the auto in time. Nivedhitha was a doctor working at a private hospital in Chennai.

A video was circulated on social media in which the auto can be seen in flames next to a tree. The auto immediately caught fire as it crashed into a tree. Police say they suspect speeding caused the accident.

According to police, the incident took place at around 3:30am on Saturday in Pattinampakkam area in Chennai and both Ashwin and his wife died on the spot. The accident happened at the Pattinapakkam area, on the Santhome High Road, reported NDTV.

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

The identity of the couple couldn't be ascertained immediately but the police later managed to identify with the help of the car's registration number.

  • Arturo Norris