Teens fall off 40 feet from flyover loop in north Delhi’s Mukundpur, one killed
The two youth were on the Mukundpur flyover - which is not open for commuters yet - when the incident happened. Delhi police said they probably lost balance on the curve and fell off the flyover.delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2017 10:21 IST
A 15-year-old boy was killed and his teenaged friend was badly injured after the bike they were riding hit the concrete barrier and they were flung 40-feet down from an under-construction flyover loop in Mukundpur on Tuesday.
The loop, that is nearly a kilometre long, is yet to be opened for commuters. But the stretch of road has already become a popular spot for stunt biking. The police said that they had so far not come across any eyewitnesses who could confirm if the boys were performing stunts that might have led to the accident.
Police said the boys were out on a joyride, but neither of them were old enough to ride a motorcycle. Aslam Khan, DCP (northwest), said that both the boys were not wearing helmets. “The motorcycle was speeding and the boys failed to negotiate a sharp turn,” Khan said.
The accident also highlighted the apparent apathy of Delhiites in helping accident victims, with passersby claiming that both the teens lay injured for 20-25 minutes before bein rushed to a hospital.
The deceased teen, Karan Dutt, lived with his family in north Delhi’s Mukundpur located near the Outer Ring Road. After being inaugurated for commuters, the under-construction loop will serve as a U-turn for those headed from Kashmere Gate towards Rohini. Dutt’s friend, 17-year-old Akash, suffered multiple fractures in the accident.
“The two boys would often go on early morning rides on the motorcycle for ‘adventure’. They would sneak out quietly almost every morning, ever since Karan’s uncle had bought the motorcycle in May last year,” said Dutt’s cousin, Pankaj Singh.
While some eyewitnesses claimed that the boys were performing stunts right before the accident, the police have so far claimed that there was no evidence to prove that the same.
HT spotted a nearly 50-metre-long skid mark on the left side of the loop’s wall on Tuesday, confirming the police’s theory that the motorcycle was speeding and its rider failed to negotiate a turn. “Akash was thin and the motorcycle too heavy for him,” said Akash’s uncle, Sunil Kumar.
When the motorcycle skidded around 6.50 am, the boys were thrown off onto the busy Outer Ring Road below even as their two-wheeler came to a stop on the loop. “When I was driving past the spot around 7.10 am, I spotted around a dozen men surrounding the two victims. Both were alive, but one of them had lost a lot of blood,” said Atul Ranjeet, a road safety activist.
He added that a doctor who was crossing the spot tried to resuscitate Karan, but it was too late. “I tried to help the other boy (Akash) and rushed him to a nearby hospital,” said Ranjeet.
Karan was declared brought dead at Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital. Akash, doctors said, is expected to survive as he has suffered multiple fractures and other injuries.
Akash, in a brief statement to the police, has denied that the duo were performing stunts. A case of causing death by negligence and rash driving has been registered.