A 14-year-old school boy riding a scooter without helmet was run over by a school van at the 9th cross in RPC Layout at around 8.10 am Thursday. The police said Sumukh Manegoli of RPC Layout in Vijaynagar was trying to overtake the van attached to New Cambridge School. The class-VIII student of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel School was returning home after buying a parcel of food from a restaurant.
The police said Sumukh tried to brake after he saw an auto-rickshaw coming from the opposite direction but lost balance and fell in the path of the van. Seriously injured,he was rushed to Maruthi Hospital and later to Columbia Asia Hospital,where he was declared dead.
Sumukh was the only son of Chandrashekar Manegoli,an engineer with a private firm. None of the 20 students in the van was hurt. Van driver Mohan Kumar has been arrested.
The police,meanwhile,made a plea to parents to not allow underage children to drive motorised vehicles. They threatened to sue those not heeding the plea.
The traffic police can register criminal cases against parents and others giving vehicles to minors. We will seize such vehicles and punish their owners for negligence, Deputy Commissioner of Police (west-traffic) Girish said.