Samarth Chug ‘mowed down’ four rough sleepers outside a Delhi bus station – with one killed on the spot.
Police said Chug, who turned 18 just five days ago, was driving his friend’s Hyundai i20 when the incident happened near the Kashmere Gate bus terminus at 5.45am on Thursday.
Two of his classmates from a prestigious private school were said to be in the car with him following revelries to mark the end of their board exams.
It’s thought that Samarth lost control of the vehicle before it mounted a pavement in an underpass and ploughed along a row of people sleeping there.
One of the victims died at the scene and Samarth allegedly tried to reverse the vehicle while a wheel was perched on his head.
Police said he attempted to drive away but was nabbed by locals and arrested when officers got to the scene.
The other two occupants of the car – Bhavya Rajpal and Ujjwal Goel – allegedly fled the scene after seeing the injured laying in pools of blood, but surrendered to cops in the afternoon. They were later released.
Relatives claim the incident took place after a tyre burst and the youngster lost control over the vehicle.
The police confirmed that a front tyre was flat when the car was recovered from the spot, but they are trying to determine if this happened before or after the crash.
The students were said to be going back to their school – DPS Mathura Road – to take a celebratory selfie outside the building.
Ujjwal took his father’s car and Samarth was behind the wheel despite not having a driving licence, police said.
‘Samarth has been booked under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. The case has been registered at Kashmere Gate police station,’ said Jatin Narwal, DCP (north).
Sources say the teenagers had been partying at Ujjwal’s Model Town residence through the night as their class XII CBSE exams had ended just hours before.
But preliminary investigations have shown that the three teenagers in the car were not under the influence of alcohol but police are awaiting blood tests.
All the injured were taken to Sushruta Trauma Centre near north Delhi’s Civil Lines where the 30-year-old victim was declared dead on arrival while the other three were admitted for care.
They have been identified as Asif, Karan and Sanjay and are said to have critical injuries. In a statement to the police, they said they were asleep at the time of the incident and were unaware how it happened.
Samarth was produced in court and sent into judicial custody.