Four persons were injured in Tardeo on Monday when a jeep being driven by the 16-year-old son of a head constable allegedly hit them. Police have booked the teen for rash and negligent driving.
According to Tardeo police, the accused, who lives with his family in Tardeo police quarters, got into a jeep parked in the building compound around 10.30 am and started the engine. “The jeep belongs to a family friend of the accused, who had come for a visit. The teenager got his hands on the ignition key. Thinking that he would go for a spin, he turned on the ignition. However, the jeep was in gear and jumped forward, knocking down two vegetable vendors and two customers,” said an officer. The jeep, however, came to a stop immediately. Eyewitnesses immediately rushed to help the four victims, who were taken to Nair hospital. The accused, meanwhile, made no attempt to flee, police said.
“The jeep also had a puncture, which made it veer out of control. We have registered a complaint against the accused, charging him for endangering life and personal safety under the Indian Penal Code and for driving without a license under the Motor Vehicles Act,” said inspector Manohar Hindalekar.
Malad accident: ‘Teen was driving under influence of alcohol’
The medical report of the 16-year-old boy, who allegedly crushed to death a 45-year-old woman in Malad (W) on Sunday, has indicated that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Police have now booked him for drink driving as well. Police said the boy was returning from a friend’s birthday party in Aksa where he had consumed alcohol. “We booked him for drink driving on Monday,” said Raghunath Bagul, senior inspector. Police have also fined his father Rs 1,500 under Motor Vehicles Act.