17-yr-old mows down senior citizen, two cops injured

An early morning fatal accident involving a youth driving without a valid licence has highlighted the safety threat to the general public due to the blatant violation of driving laws by unlicensed drivers.

In yet another incident, a senior citizen died after he was mowed down by speeding car driven by a 17-year-old driver at Marine Drive yesterday.
The incident occurred at 8.15 am near Ravindra Mansion building on Dinshaw Wachha Road when the youth unable to manoeuvre a sharp right turn, ploughed his speeding car into Sampat Brijmohan Maroo (74), and also two police constables — Yogesh Niyazi and Amish Keni — who were on their way to work.

Tragedy: Sampat Maroo (inset) was on his morning walk when accused Yash Bohra lost control of his car and rammed into him, killing him instantly. Bohra was produced before a juvenile court yesterday. Pics/Bipin Kokate  

According to Marine Drive police, the accused Yash Bohra, was on a joyride with his friend Darsh Jain (17), and was going towards Marine Drive when the accident occurred. 

Bohra lost control of his car and ran over Maroo, who was on his routine morning walk. He died on the spot.

Constable Niyazi is undergoing medical treatment at Bombay hospital and is in the ICU, while Keni was discharged later in the day.

“The constables were on their way to resume their duty at Marine Drive police station. We are still waiting for Bohra’s medical report and are trying to contact his father Shailesh Bohra who is currently in Dubai,” said Zunjarrao Gharal, senior police inspector with Marine Drive police station.

Giving details of Niyazi’s condition, his friend Mahesh Dalvi said, “As usual he went for duty in the morning, and when we heard the news of his accident we rushed to the hospital. He has fractured his right hand and leg.”

Bohra has been arrested under Section 304(A) (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC. He was produced at a Juvenile court yesterday.

Both Bohra and his friend are SYJC students at a south Mumbai College.  

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