Puneet Gupta 26 March 7:20pm
It has been a little over an hour that a group of about 30-40 people were standing and clicking the pictures of a nine-year-old boy who had been crushed by a speeding car bang opposite to City Sqaure Mall. Odd as it is, none of these people had been able to see if it were a White coloured Honda City or Swift Dezire car.
The boy, Jatin was 9-years old and belonged to a poor family living in the Christian colony near Yogi Gate. The mother had not found out for a good half-an-hour that she had lost her boy.
It was a boy of young age said Sonu Sahni, one of the many bystanders who was standing 20 metres from the spot. Sahni ran after the speeding car after he realised what had happened but the car had sped away in a flash.
“I am an auto driver and was here for a tea break when I heard a loud thud. A white colored car, I am not sure if it was a Swift Dezire or a Honda City but the car had hit something. That something dragged along with the car for almost 10-12 feet. By the time I realised that the car driver, a young looking boy, was not stopping I ran behind the car,” said Sahni.
“The car quickly overtook a matador and I could not see the number. I ran as hard as I could but the car was gone,” he added.
According to witness account Ayaz Khan,
“The boy had just crossed the divider and the speeding white colored car could not control it in time. The small boy was first hit and then dragged for a distance. The head of the boy was crushed completely by the end of the accident.”
“The whole thing was over in a few seconds. The driver of the car did not even stop or slow down to look what had happened or if the boy that was hit was alive or not. The driver just sped away. Only the matador driver can tell the number,” added Khan.
A bystander working at a pizza restaurant next to City Square mall called SHO Raghubir Chaudhary of the Nowabad police station who took the boy to hospital immediately.
Reliable sources confirmed to U4UVoice that the boy was brought dead to the hospital. The boy’s head had been crushed.
Now it is difficult to say who was at fault, the speeding car or the boy but a life has been lost. It is quite possible that the driver of the car was not even at fault, but the fact that he rushed away says something.
The Nowabad police is investigating the matter at the moment. A simple look at the accident brings to fore some disturbing facts though:
- The CCTV camera at City Square Mall was dysfunctional, the CCTV camera in the complex next to City Square mall was also dysfunctional.
- There are no speed breakers on either side of the road facing the mall where people crossover often. There have been multiple accidents near on this road because matadors and private vehicles generally speed away for the lack of breakers. The most recent one was on Holi when a bike slipped and two boys sustained serious injuries.
U4UVoice appeals to the concerned authorities to kindly look into the matter and atleast build speed breakers such that precious lives can be saved. Next time it could be one among us!