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Boy takes father’s car on joyride, mows down man in Delhi’s Prashant Vihar

The 25-year-old man, who worked as a cook at a local eatery, succumbed to injuries on Thursday morning.

delhi Updated: Feb 01, 2018 23:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The man was crossing the road near sector 11 traffic signal when he was hit by the juvenile, who it is suspected was driving the vehicle at a high speed.(Reuters File Photo)

A 17-year-old boy allegedly mowed down a man at a traffic junction in northwest Delhi’s Prashant Vihar on Tuesday while driving his father’s car, police said.

The 25-year-old victim battled for his life for nearly 24 hours before succumbing to his injuries on Wednesday. The police registered a case of causing death by negligence against the boy and booked his father under Motor Vehicles Act for letting his underage son drive his car.

The boy is a Class 12 student at a private school in Prashant Vihar and is set to appear for his board exams soon. According to DCP (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta, the accident happened when the boy took his father’s Hyundai i20 car and set out for a friend’s home on Tuesday morning.

“When he approached a traffic signal in Rohini Sector 11, he lost control of his car and rammed a pedestrian who was crossing the road,” the DCP said, denying that the boy was either speeding or jumping the traffic signal.

The car then went on to hit a divider before coming to a halt. “Passersby caught the boy and used his car to move the injured man to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini. He was later moved to a private hospital,” said an investigator. The boy was later apprehended by the police.

The victim succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of Wednesday. The DCP identified him as Manjeet alias Johnny, a native of Punjab who was living with his parents in Rohini. “He ran a roadside eatery stall,” the DCP said.

The boy was produced before a juvenile justice board after Manjeet died. Since he did not possess a driving licence, police booked his father also under the MV Act.

Minors driving vehicles has been a menace in Delhi that has led to many accidents over the last few years.

From 2012 to 2016, the Delhi Traffic Police prosecuted over 1.9 lakh persons for giving their vehicles to minors to drive. The Motor Vehicle Act prescribes a penalty of Rs 1,000 for the vehicle owner in such cases. In April 2016, a 32-year-old marketing executive was mowed down allegedly by a 17-year-old boy driving his father’s Mercedes in north Delhi’s Civil Lines.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 22:37 IST