A five-year-old boy was crushed to death when he was sandwiched between a reversing auto-rickshaw and a parked car in an illegal parking lot in northeast Delhi on Thursday.
Residents told police that Mohammad Uzefa, a resident of Sunder Nagri, was hiding behind the parked car while playing hide and seek.
A few children witnessed the accident and rushed to inform Uzefa’s parents. By the time the parents reached, the auto-rickshaw driver abandoned his vehicle and fled, said police. The child was rushed to GTB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Barely two hours before the incident, Uzefa was treated for head injuries after falling down a flight of stairs at home.
Doctors were shocked that Uzefa, whom they treated earlier, was killed in a second accident.
“I was shocked when my officers told me that the boy had survived the first accident in which he had slipped down the stairs of his house and sustained injuries, but died (in the second accident)…,” said AK Singhla, deputy commissioner of police (northeast).
Police said they impounded the auto-rickshaw. But it did not have a number plate. They suspected that the driver removed it to delay investigation.
The DCP said they identified the driver using the vehicle’s engine and chassis number.
He said they registered a case of rash driving and causing death by negligence against the driver.