A five-year-old boy was killed and an eight-year-old injured after a runaway car ploughed through a primary school in Noida sector 27 Wednesday, smashing a gate and bringing down a wall before coming to a grinding halt.
A man who “does not know how to drive” turned on the ignition of the car while trying to retrieve a pen drive from inside the car resulting in it ramming into a Primary School at Atta-II, during lunch break, said police. “The car was in reverse gear and the foot of the accused was on the accelerator. It covered around 125 m at 70 to 80 kmph,” said Gaurav Grover, Circle Officer (City).
The child killed was identified as Dharmender Kumar Gupta. The injured boy, Amit Biswas, is admitted to hospital. The children were unable to exit the path of the car as it came crashing through the back gate of the school, covered the entire length of the field and hit them even as it crashed into the wall near the school’s front gate, said police sources. The children were playing near the wall. Both were rushed to the Vinayak Hospital nearby, where Dharmender died, added the sources.
Dr Abhishek Sharma, medical superintendent of the hospital, said, “Dharmender had several external cuts on his chest, abdomen and head. He was suffering from severe internal bleeding as a result of being crushed under the weight of the wall. We tried to resuscitate him for nearly an hour, but could not save him. Amit is also suffering from internal bleeding and is in an unconscious state, but we managed to put him on support and his condition is improving.”
Police have arrested Shailendra Sandeep, 23, who sent the car out of control. Sandeep, who works at Welfare Society for the Elderly in sector 27, had entered his boss Pratap Singh Chauhan’s car to collect the pen drive. He turned on the ignition to listen to music and the car, which was locked in reverse gear, went crashing through the school.
Sandeep said, “I do not know how to drive at all, the car was on gear lock and in reverse gear. When I turned the key, the car went crashing through the gates it was parked in front of and backed up till the end of the field.”
Passersby abused and assaulted Sandeep till the police showed up and arrested him, said sources. A member of the school’s staff said, “I was on the first floor when all this happened in a matter of a few seconds.”
Police initially registered an FIR under IPC section 304A (causing death by negligence), but later changed it to section 304 (culpable homicide), said sources.