Holding a city resident guilty of rash and negligent driving leading to death of a pedestrian on Diwali, judicial magistrate Pamelpreet Kaur awarded two-year jail to Chandan Singh.
The convict, a resident of Sector 37, was booked by the police on October 26, 2011, after he rammed his motorcycle into pedestrian Jaswant Lal, who later had died.
“The accident took place on the day of Diwali, thus the road was busy and a number of vehicles were plying on it. The requirement of care and caution to be taken by the motorcyclist was much higher as compared to normal days. The fact that the accused was driving at a fast speed, did not blew horn before a crowded market place and was unable to stop the vehicle on time shows the rashness and negligence of the act of the accused,” ruled the court while holding Chandan guilty, dismissing all his pleas of leniency.
The statement of eyewitness Kulwinder Singh, son of deceased, helped nail the accused.
The court also directed Chandan to pay Rs 50,000 to the son of the deceased as compensation.
Eyewitness account nails accused
Having lost his father on Diwali to rash and negligent driving, it was statement of complainant Kulwinder who identified the accused which led to his conviction.
Recalling the incident, Kulwinder said, “On October 26, 2011, I and my father were going to the market of Sector 37-D around 2pm. My father was crossing when a speeding motorcycle hit him. He fell down bleeding profusely.”
The injured was rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, but was to the PGIMER.