Driving their Dad’s car without the license is a trend of the day in our country presently. With people becoming richer, getting expensive cars and superbikes for their kids are common in India today. Needless to say that 80% of these students ride or drive vehicles without a valid driving license. In one such case, a 17-year-old college student took his father’s SUV out for a drive along with his friends and then whatever happened will make you stunned.
This incident took place in the India’s financial hub Mumbai. Four students including three girls were traveling in an SUV when it met with an accident by crashing into the electric pole, vaulting over the protection wall and fell 50 deep into the gorge in Powai, the posh residential area of western Mumbai.
According to the sources, the boy took the keys of his father’s SUV without informing anyone at home and drove it with his friends to get the pizza. The car said to have driven in a very reckless manner that resulted into banging on the electric pole before landing in the 50 feet ditch. This incident said to have taken place on Thursday early morning.
The police in charge at Vikhroli police station has narrated that, the 17-year-old boy Sumit Pandey a resident of Bhandup was driving the SUV without any valid driving license when he met with an accident. Police sources have confirmed that the boy was not under the influence of alcohol while driving the SUV.
The sources in the police have also informed that the SUV belonged to boy’s father, Krishnakumar, who owns a factory in Nashik. “The boy took the SUV keys without telling anyone and drove it with his friends to get pizza,” he added. Sumit has not put under arrest at the moment since he had to appear for his exam on Thursday. He may be arrested later and sent to a juvenile remand home.
According to the sources, in this accident two of his friends escaped with just bruises while the third one fractured her left arm. Pandey, a student of S M Shetty College in Powai, has been booked for rash and negligent driving, causing grievous hurt and driving without a license. Ashna Shah, 16, fractured her left arm, while Ritika Shetty, 17, and Puja Dedia, 16, sustained bruises. The injured were taken to Hiranandani Hospital in Powai and later discharged. The accident said to have occurred near trinity church while they were returning back.
According to the eyewitness, Pandey, who was driving at high speed, lost control of the vehicle. It hit many trees as it rolled down the slope. A motorist behind them called up the police control room and a mobile van was alerted. We, with the help of the fire brigade, rescued the four and sent them to the hospital,” said police in charge Kulkarni. The RTO will check the vehicle’s ownership before booking others.
This is the very serious case and sends the message to all the parents who let their children drive their big cars despite knowing the fact they do not possess any valid license. This accident could have been more fatal and would have also resulted into killing the innocent people on the road but nothing such happened since it was early morning and the traffic on Mumbai roads was less. Only the proper punishment to the accused including his father for being careless about the event will send the right message across to others. But we know nothing such will happen and police will manage to compromise with the industrialist father of the accused. Please do leave your comments.