Underage driver kills woman in Malad

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Dec 24, 2012 01:49 IST

In a hit-an-run incident early on Sunday, a 17-year-old killed a 45-year-old woman in Malad (West) as he was speeding home in his father’s car after a night of partying.

This is the second fatal accident to have taken place in the past five months involving an underage driver.

The 17-year-old college student was arrested from his residence in the evening, after the police identified his vehicle, a Skoda, through footage from a CCTV installed in the vicinity.

While the teenager has been booked for causing death due to negligence and rash driving, his father was fined Rs1,500 for allowing his son to drive a car without licence, the Bangur Nagar police said.

The accident took place around 7am when the teenager was returning home after celebrating a friend’s birthday, the police said.

The youngster, who did not have a driving licence as he is a minor, was driving rashly and knocked down the victim, Anita Chavan, as she was crossing Link Road. Eyewitnesses said the impact was so severe that the victim was flung against a nearby tree.

After the accused hit Chavan, he lost the control of his car and brushed against a passing vehicle. He then sped away.

The police took Chavan to a nearby hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival. Chavan, who lived at Gudia Nagar slums, was a sweeper and is survived by her husband and children.

“When we scanned the CCTV footage, we spotted the fleeing Skoda. We ascertained that it belonged to the owner of a grocery store in Malad,” said Raghunath Bagul, senior inspector at Bangur Nagar police station.

The youngster was arrested from his home in Navy Colony more than nine hours after the accident, at 4pm, and his blood test, conducted to check whether he had been driving under the influence of alcohol, did not show a positive result. The police have sent his blood samples for chemical analysis.

The teenager will be produced in a juvenile court on Monday.

 

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