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Radio executive dies as car falls into open Noida drain along road

An open drain and a poorly lit road claimed the life of a young Radio Mirchi executive in Noida in the early hours of Wednesday.

The victim, Tania Khanna, 28, was driving a Verna car that plunged into the eight-foot-wide drain as she negotiated a bend near the Sector 85 roundabout around 1.30am. There is just one streetlight in the area.

The car nosedived into the drain, filled with water five feet deep, with the bumper hitting the drain's bed. The windscreen broke, leading to water gushing into the sedan. Tania tried to wriggle into the car's back seat but was unable to open the doors, which had got auto-locked. The autopsy report said the cause of death was drowning.

Tania was group manager (sales) at Radio Mirchi and worked out of its office in Noida's Film City. She lived in Ghaziabad's Kavi Nagar. On Tuesday, she had visited Radio Mirchi's Gurugram office and the accident happened when she was driving back to a friend's place in Noida's Sector 137.

A police officer said Tania had followed her friend's car from Noida's Atta market. "When they approached the Sector 85 roundabout, her friend drove on but Tania appears to have lost her way. She went too far to the left, went over the footpath and fell into the drain near Om Sai Nursery," the cop said. The friend, whose car Tania was following, turned around after driving for some time and returned to the accident spot to find a crowd of people gathered near the drain.

Tania was taken to Yatharth Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. The Verna's lights and engine were on after it fell into the drain, police said. Tania's cellphone, purse and laptop were found in the car.

Family members, friends and colleagues who reached the spot after receiving information were in a state of shock. Tania lived with her parents and brothers Deepak and Kunal in Kavi Nagar. "We got information about her accident very late on late Tuesday. We rushed to the hospital in Noida where she was admitted," said Lalit Khanna (55), Tania's father.