A 17-year-old boy, who had borrowed his relative’s bike for a joyride, died as he rammed the two-wheeler into a divider of a flyover at Vile Parle (West) early on Sunday. His friend, who was riding pillion, escaped with injuries and is out of danger, said the police.
The incident serves a grim reminder to parents and relatives who cave in to their children’s demand to take cars and bikes out for a joyride.
The minor has posthumously been booked for rash and negligent driving. Also, his family member, who owned the bike, will be fined for allowing him to ride it despite being a minor, the police said.
According to the Juhu police the incident took place on the Gokhale flyover at around 7 am on Sunday when the deceased boy and his friend went for a joyride. Senior inspector Sunil Ghosalkar refused to divulge the name of the victim, saying, “As the victim is a minor, we can’t disclose his identity.” Ghosalkar, however, confirmed the development.
The boys were heading towards Andheri (East) from Juhu. “The boy was speeding and lost control over the bike. He crashed it into the divider. A passing motorist alerted the police control room. The boys were rushed to a nearby hospital,” said the Juhu police.
Ghosalkar said the boy was declared dead on admission at the hospital while his injured friend is said to be in a stable condition.
An FIR has been registered under sections 279, 337 and 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police said they will also invoke sections of the Motor Vehicles Act to fine the owner of the bike for allowing the minor to use it.
The police said that the boy was not driving under the influence of alcohol.
The police seized the bike and the RTO will examine it to find out if any mechanical failure led to the incident.