A 14-month-old infant died after being hit by a car driven by a doctor who did not have a driving licence. The accident took place on Sunday and the girl, Sanya Chauhan, succumbed to her injuries on Monday.
Dr Rahul Kulkarni, 28, was initially arrested on charges of rash driving and driving without a licence. “But as the girl died, we have now booked Kulkarni for causing death due to negligence,” said Maruti Naik, senior police inspector of Vile Parle police station. Kulkarni was released on bail on Monday.
Kulkarni was learning to drive his father’s new Ford Ikon when he lost control at a turn and crashed into Kamkar Niwas Chawl.
According to eyewitnesses, Kulkarni, who lives in the neighbouring building, washed the car and, along with his brother, decided to take it out for a spin. After circling the block once, he accelerated but instead of turning left, crashed through the boundary wall of the chawl and landed on the steps of a ground floor house. Sanya, who was sitting on the steps, went under the car’s tyres.
Another girl, 12-year-old domestic help Suchitra M., who was washing vessels in the compound, was injured while trying to rescue Sanya. Kulkarni was dragged out of the car and beaten up before the residents dragged him to the police.
“When Kulkarni was taken to the police, his father Suresh told them that he was behind the wheel,” said Uday Prabhupatka, who lives next door to the Chauhans.