Villupuram: Rakesh, the 22-year-old son of NR Elangovan, a Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), died in a road accident in Villupuram district while he was on his way to Puducherry with a friend in the early hours of Thursday, the police said.
According to Villupuram police, the vehicle bearing the registration number TN-02-CC-1000 rammed into the divider at Keezhputhupattu village on the East Coast Road, near Kottakuppam at the district’s border. “When the vehicle was coming at a high speed, a cow suddenly crossed the road. They tried to avoid hitting the cow and lost balance,” a release from the Villupuram district police said.
While the co-passenger, K Vedha Vikash (21), sustained grievous injuries, Rakesh died on the spot when the vehicle hit on a road divider. Both were taken to the Puducherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). The police are conducting further probe into the incident.
NR Elangovan, a former senior advocate, became a Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu in 2020. This is his first term in office.