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Rash driving claims two minors

Reckless drivers killed two children in the last 48 hours in Mumbai.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent HT Correspondent HT Correspondent HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2010 01:07 AM IST

Reckless drivers killed two children in the last 48 hours in Mumbai.

In the first incident, at 9 pm on Monday, a dumper knocked down a five-year-old boy when he was crossing the road at DN Nagar in Andheri (West).

"Devkul was going to the store opposite his house to buy chocolates with his uncle Ravi when the accident took place," said M.D. Awhad, senior inspector of DN Nagar police station.

Devkul was a resident of the Sai Niwas building in Versova society.

Ravi, who works for a private company, raised an alarm. Locals of the area surrounded the dumper and pulled the driver out. The area was tense for over an hour until the police arrived and arrested the dumper driver identified as Usman Patel (26).

"We have arrested Patel for rash and negligent driving," said Awhad.

"The police saved the driver or else we would have beaten him ," said Ravindra Deshmukk, a resident of the area, who was standing at a shop nearby.

At 1 pm on Tuesday a 10-year-old boy was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle on the western express highway near Kherwadi in Bandra (East) while he was crossing the road with his father.

The Kherwadi police said Samir Shaikh was returning home after school with his father Rashid. He suffered head injuries and was rushed to Bhabha hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

The driver of the vehicle fled without helping the victim. "We are making attempts to trace the vehicle," said an officer.

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