Jaipur: BJP MP Hema Malini yesterday expressed her "deep sorrow" over the death of a child in a road accident involving her car saying she was "very sad and in a distressed mind" after hearing the news.
In a statement, Hema, who herself was injured in the accident and recuperating in a hospital here, said, "I can realise the hard time the family is facing after her death. I pray to god to give them strength to bear this loss."
She said that the incident was "most unfortunate". Four-year-old Sonam was killed and her father Hanuman Mahajan, his wife Shikha (35), Somil and Seema were injured when their car and Hema's Mercedes collided last night in Dausa near here.
Hema also wished early recovery of those four injured persons.
She thanked her well wishers saying she is "overwhelmed by their greetings and their concern over my health".
The 66-year-old actress-turned politician underwent a surgery for her wounds at Fortis hospital here and was doing fine, doctors attending to her said. She was also treated for a minor fracture on her nose.
The family of the deceased child yesterday said that neither the actor nor her aides bothered to ask about their well-being though.
"My little girl died in the lap of her mother in car. It is sad that mother is also struggling for survival in polytrauma ward in SMS and she is not knowing that Sonam is no more," Sonam's father Hanuman Mahajan told reporters at the hospital.
The family was travelling in an Alto car when it was smashed by Hema Malini's Mercedes car coming from the opposite direction. The car was being driven by the BJP MP's driver Mahesh Thakur, with the film actor seated inside. The accident took place on Thursday night near Dausa, over 50 km from here.
The driver, Ramesh Chand Thakur, was yesterday arrested on charges of overspeeding and causing death by negligence.