Mercedes hit-and-run case: Detained for earlier accident, teen ‘got away by showing off powerful contacts’

On February 16 this year, the teenager’s car had allegedly hit another car, a Polo, near IP college in Civil Lines. The juvenile tried to flee the spot, said the owner of the Polo, who was recently summoned by police.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2016 3:06 am
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The juvenile, who allegedly mowed down a 34-year-old in his Mercedes Benz last week, had reportedly managed to avoid charges in spite of being involved in an accident earlier by flaunting his “powerful contacts”.

On February 16 this year, the teenager’s car had allegedly hit another car, a Polo, near IP college in Civil Lines. The juvenile tried to flee the spot, said the owner of the Polo, who was recently summoned by police.

The owner of the Polo said he gave chase for almost 4 km and managed to catch up with the juvenile at a traffic signal. “Even while I was chasing him, he was speeding. I managed to stop him near a red light. I walked up to his car, reached inside and pulled out the car keys. I then informed police,” said the man, who is an HR executive in a MNC.

Policemen took the juvenile and the Polo’s owner to Maurice Nagar police station. However, the matter was resolved after the latter said he did not want any action against the teenager.

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Explaining why he did not press charges, the executive said, “He didn’t even have a licence. At the police station, he called his father and other powerful people, to show what kind of contacts he had. He acted as if nobody could do anything to him”.

“I knew he would not be punished so I decided not to lodge a case against him,” he said, adding “But I advised him to change his ways, warning him that he would get in trouble with the law otherwise”.

Last week, his words turned into grim reality when the juvenile allegedly mowed down Siddhartha Sharma with his speeding Mercedes. The teenager, who was with his friends, stopped the car and allegedly fled the spot.

He was apprehended and booked for negligence, rash driving and culpable homicide. His father was arrested on charges of abetment and culpable homicide, while his family driver was also arrested for misleading police in the initial probe.

The police had summoned the Polo owner to ensure that the case against the juvenile was watertight, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma. The teenager is currently in two-day custody of a welfare officer of the Juvenile Justice Board.

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