x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Speed claims Emirati life abroad in Goa crash

An Emirati national died in a road accident in Goa, India, on Sunday night and his body will be flown to the UAE tonight.

DUBAI // An Emirati died in a road accident in Goa, India, on Sunday night and his body will be flown to the UAE tonight.

Police said Sheikh Saqr Khalid Sultan Al Qassimi, 46, who was in India with a 34-year-old friend for medical treatment, died after the scooter he was riding crashed into a sign on the Sinquerim-Candolim motorway in the tourist state.

"He dashed against a signboard and fell on his head," said a spokeswoman for the Calangute police station.

"He suffered serious head injuries. He was very rash in his driving and hit the sign on the road. When he was brought to the hospital, he was dead. The body was taken from the morgue at 11.30 this [Tuesday] morning." The body has been transported to Mumbai.

An official at the company arranging the repatriation said the body would be sent to the UAE via a 10.30pm [9pm UAE time] flight from Mumbai but did not reveal further details.

Police said Mr Al Qassimi had arrived in Mumbai with a friend last Wednesday and the two had taken the train to Goa on Saturday.

"They went to Arambol and were staying in a guest house. But he [Sheikh Saqr] did not like the place and checked out the same night to stay in a different hotel," said a spokeswoman.

PKannan@thenational.ae