Underage driving lands 3 boys in trouble

Jul 29, 2012, 07:27 IST | Milana Rao

They claim a speeding Scorpio, coming from the opposite direction at Aarey Road rammed into them, leaving them with minor injuries; police files case against both parties

A fun bike ride turned into a disaster after three minor boys met with an accident on Aarey Colony Road at Goregaon on Friday morning.

Seventeen year-old Arbaaz Sheikh borrowed his brother’s bike and took his two friends — aged 12 and 16 — for a ride in the morning. However, their joyride came to an end when a maroon-coloured Scorpio, coming from the opposite direction, rammed into them.

Arbaaz Sheikh (17) who was riding the bike when the accident happened. Pic/ Milana Rao

Sheikh who sustained multiple minor injuries, alleged, “The car was speeding and changed its lane suddenly, hitting my bike.”

Following the accident, a huge mob gathered at the spot. “Instead of pulling up on the side after the accident, the driver and a young lady named Maria, who was inside the car, tried to flee. However, the crowd stopped the car and beat up the driver,” claimed Salma Sheikh, Arbaaz’s elder sister. Salma, however, added that Arbaaz was not wearing helmet at the time of the incident.

The commotion came to an end after officers from the Powai police station, who were patrolling the area, intervened and handed over the case to the Aarey police. Both the parties were taken to Bhagwati Hospital.

“Arbaaz has suffered multiple minor injuries, while the other two boys have sustained minor bruises. The driver has sustained injuries to his kidneys and developed blood clots,” said a doctor from Bhagwati Hospital, on condition of anonymity.

“The driver has been shifted to Holy Spirit Hospital at Andheri (E),” said Assistant police inspector Ashok Salve from Aarey police station.

Senior police inspector Arun Jhadhav, Aarey police station, said, “After interrogating both parties, charges have been levied against both. The three underage boys have been booked on charges of driving as minors, and triple riding without a license. They have also been charged under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), as Maria has alleged that the boys, and not the crowd, beat up the driver. The driver has been booked for negligence.”

The police will take action against the driver after he is discharged from the hospital. The youngest of the three boys is missing and police are looking for him. This incident comes three days after Mumbai police started a campaign against underage driving. It was launched after a 17 year-old boy mowed down a 74 year-old man and injured two constables at Churchgate on July 18.

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