A speeding driver who knocked down an ice-cream vendor in central Delhi’s Mandir Marg pretended to help his victim but dumped him on the road to die, police said on Friday.
The incident took place on Tuesday, a day before a 40-year-old e-rickshaw driver was killed after being hit by a tempo in western Delhi’s Subhash Nagar.
Amrit Lal, an ice-cream vendor, was hit by a white Innova while he was walking towards the Kali Bari area and was dragged several metres before residents stopped the vehicle.
An eyewitness informed the police and a case was registered.
“The driver, who introduced himself as Surjeet Kumar, started apologising and convinced us that he would take Lal to RML Hospital for treatment. He pulled Lal from the front wheels of the car and put him in his car and left,” the eyewitness said his statement, which has been accessed by HT.
When he and other residents went to check on Lal the next day in RML Hospital, they could not find him.
“We enquired about him but the hospital authorities told us there was no such accident case reported to them. Then we went to Lady Hardinge Hospital, thinking that the man must have taken Lal there, but we could not find him there either.”
While coming back, they saw police near MG flats on Peshwa Road and a body .
“When we checked, it was Lal. We were shocked. The man promised to take him to the hospital, but instead dumped him near the flats and he bled to death. If we knew he would not take him to the hospital, we would have taken him ourselves. At least he would have been alive,” he said.
The eyewitness also gave police the name of the accused and his car’s registration number.
“We traced the man with the help of the registration number. He has been arrested. We are questioning him,” a senior police officer said.
The incident came to light close on the heels of the death of a resident of West Bengal in a hit-and-run incident that exposed Delhi’s indifference to road accident victims. No one came to help him as he lay on the road for 90 minutes. CCTV footage showed that a rickshaw-puller stopped near him and made away with his mobile phone.