A 17-year-old boy riding a scooter died on the spot when he was allegedly knocked down by a speeding Mercedes in the Paschim Vihar area of Delhi, police said on Monday, the latest in a series of hit-and-run accidents in the national capital.
The driver of the Mercedes, who is yet to be identified, fled from the spot after the accident at around 11 pm on Sunday night, police quoted eyewitnesses as saying. The vehicle was yet to be traced and the accused has still not been nabbed.
The victim, identified as Atul Arora, was on his way back home on his scooter after dropping a friend when the Mercedes rammed the two-wheeler.
According to police, Atul was dragged around 50 metres by the Mercedes which was being driven at speed of over 100 kmph.
“The incident took place around 11 pm. We have leads about the car from footage of the incident captured in CCTV installed at a shop in a nearby market,” said a police official.
Sunday’s incident is the latest among several fatal accidents involving high-end vehicles in the national capital region (NCR).
In January, an overspeeding BMW had rammed into an Uber cab, killing its driver in South Delhi’s Munirka area.
The same month, four people including a woman techie were killed in Ghaziabad when a speeding Audi rammed head on into an autorickshaw they were travelling in.
In the Ghaziabad incident, police faced allegations of trying to protect the vehicle’s owner, a doctor. It also sparked public anger over alleged police inaction because of the car owner’s affluent background.
Official data show a sharp rise in road accidents in India – one every four minutes -- and road crashes are identified as number one killer of young men and women.
Almost 97% of the road accidents are caused by rash or negligent driving including drink driving, the data show.