Kurla police on Monday morning arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly mowing down an eleven-year-old boy with his car, and injuring three others.
On Sunday evening, the accused, identified as Ahmed Khan, was trying his hand on his uncle’s Tata Safari when the incident occurred. Khan, a college dropout, works at his father’s scrap shop at Kurla.
According to the initial police investigation, Ahmed was sitting in the passenger seat in the car at Kapadia Nagar, while his uncle Javed Khan was about to get into the driver’s seat. Javed remembered something, got out of the car and walked to his shop.
That’s when Ahmed got into the driver’s seat and started the car. “While reversing the car, he lost control and hit an ice-candy cart parked nearby,” said senior police inspector Vijay Bagwe of Kurla police station.
The four victims, Asif Khan (11), his sister Fatima (9), Rehan Choudhary (12) and Sirajuddin Qazi (18), all locals, were eating ice-candy there, against a five-foot boundary wall.
The car hit the victims, then crashed into the wall. While Fatima, Rehan and Sirajuddin sustained severe injuries, Asif was reportedly crushed under the wheel and dragged for around eight feet.
Police said Ahmed got out of the car and even helped the victims out of the rubble. “On seeing Asif gasping for breath, Ahmed began pulling him by his arm to rush him to a hospital, but then saw the boy losing consciousness, and left him there and fled,” said a witnesses.
By then, the locals rushed Asif to a private hospital at Kurla, where he was declared dead before admission.
Police then seized the car and questioned Ahmed’s uncle, Javed, which led to Ahmed’s arrest the next morning from his house at V B Nagar, Kurla.
Ahmed has a valid driving licence, police said. “He is a good driver. Sunday’s accident was one of those moments when things just go wrong for you,” said M Khan, a family friend of Ahmed’s.