A school bus driver was arrested after he allegedly ran over a senior citizen on Wednesday morning and fled the scene. The driver later surrendered himself to the police on the same afternoon and was placed under arrest.
The police have identified the accused as Bharat Jha (45), a driver of a private school in North Mumbai.
According to Police Inspector Sanjeev Narkar with the Samata Nagar police, the incident took place near the Hanuman temple in Kandivali (East).
“The victim, Padmavati Shinge (60) had gone to a public toilet in the locality and while returningback the bus ran over her as she was crossing the road. Jha, who was on his way to pick up students, immediately fled from the scene,” Narkar said.
Narkar added that two eye witnesses to the accident had noted the licence plate number of the bus as it sped away and later shared it with the police . Ravindra Patil, senior police inspector with the Samata Nagar police that the driver subsequently surrendered to the police.
“Jha in his statement has said that he did not see the victim crossing the road and could not brake hard enough,” Patil added. The police has charged Jha for causing death due to negligence and rash driving on a public way under the IPC.
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