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15-year-old driving to school crushes minor on his way

Accident-main The spot where 13-year-old school Gourav was killed on Wednesday. (Photo: Harjeet Singh)
Express News Service | Dera Bassi | Posted: August 21, 2014 4:43 am

In a tragic incident, a 13-year-old boy who was on his way to school was killed after a car, which was being driven by another minor on his way to school, rammed into him on Wednesday morning.

The boy, who suffered severe injuries after the car continued to drag him until it hit an electric pole, was declared brought dead at the hospital. The driver, however, fled the spot.

Accident-1 The victim (Photo: Harjeet Singh)

Gourav, son of Satish Monga, was a resident of Dadpura Mohalla in Dera Bassi. He was going to school around 7.30 am when an Alto car driven by the 15-year-old hit Gourav’s cycle.

Things reportedly got worse after the driver, instead of applying brakes, accidentally stepped up the accelerator.

Gourav’s elder brother Sahil, who studies in the same school and was behind him, arranged for an auto-rickshaw to rush his brother to the Dera Bassi civil hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. The 15-year-old, meanwhile, escaped leaving the car behind.

A relative of the minor driving the car, who arrived on the spot, was roughed up by the people who had gathered. Police have registered a case of rash driving and death by negligence under sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC at the Dera Bassi police station against the driver. Gourav was the youngest of three brothers.

Accident-2 Victim’s family in Chandigargh (Photo: Harjeet Singh)

Sahil alleged that while Gourav lay injured, a school bus came their way. The bus driver, however, refused to take him to hospital. Sahil then managed to get an auto-rickshaw. His family have filed a complaint against the bus driver too.

According to the victim’s father, the driver’s parents too should be booked for allowing a minor to drive a car. Gourav’s uncle Sanju said, “How can anyone be so careless that they allow their child to ride a vehicle at such a young age? It is illegal and irresponsible and has resulted in this tragedy.”

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