“My son has apologized. He took the car keys without my permission. He told me it is the biggest mistake of his life,” said the father of the 17-year-old minor who on Sunday almost ran over a 48-year-old woman in southwest Delhi’s Sagarpur.
The victim, Kanta Anand (48), had a miraculous escape despite being dragged by the teenager’s speeding Maruti Ertiga car for more than 50 meters. She is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Vasant Kunj. The chilling footage of the accident was captured by a CCTV camera and widely circulated on social media.
On Thursday, when HT visited the teenager’s house, his parents claimed that the boy has gone back to his school in Uttar Pradesh, where he is a twelfth standard student.
Police have booked the teenager under the Juvenile Justice act while his father has been booked under sections of the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to keep the cars keys with him and endangering the lives of pedestrians.
“My son wants to be a doctor. His favourite subject is biology. He wants to save lives, but instead ended up seriously injuring a woman,” the teenager’s father said.
The boy had come to Delhi for New Year celebrations. He had come on Friday and was set to return to Uttar Pradesh on Monday (January 2).
“I never realised he would take my car out when I was not at home. I shouted at him when I heard about the incident,” the 47-year-old man said.
On the day the incident took place, the boy’s parents were attending a satsang when the police informed them about the accident.
Deputy commissioner of police (southwest) Surender Kumar said: “The juvenile was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board. His father has been booked under the Motor Vehicles Act.”
The boy told HT over the phone that he had driven a car for the first time that day. A friend was sitting on the passenger seat. The teenager said that the accident occurred after an auto rickshaw suddenly came in front of him.
“I lost control of the car. I shouldn’t have driven it in the first place. I am sorry,” he said.
The minor studied in Delhi till Class 9. After that he was sent to a relative’s place in Uttar Pradesh for further studies.
Residents of Sagarpur Pink Apartment, who saw the accident, alleged that the teenager was driving at a high speed. After hitting the woman and ramming his car into a WagonR, the teenager allegedly tried to escape but locals stopped his car and nabbed him.
“We managed to catch hold of the boy at the wheel. But his friend, who also appeared to be a minor, managed to flee before we could stop him,” said Nizamuddin, a security guard at the apartment outside which the accident occurred.