The police in Bengaluru arrested a city-based doctor for allegedly killing a 17-year-old early on Monday early morning while driving in an inebriated state.
Police in Ulsoor Traffic Police Station arrested Dr Ravi Teja A after a friend of the victim alerted them. The Times of India reported that the accident took place at around 12:30am on Monday morning when Kevin R was crossing the HAL Old Airport Road under Domlur Flyover (opposite the Kanakadasa BBMP park). Ravi, who was allegedly speeding, hit him and dragged him few meters. Kevin suffered grievous injuries on his head due to the impact.
The accused took Kevin in his car and rushed him to Manipal Hospital where he was working as an oncology surgeon, but in vain. Doctors declared him brought dead.
The police also said that Ravi was returning from an Indiranagar pub and was heading towards his home in Murugeshpalya.
A blood sample from Ravi confirmed that the blood alcohol content was more than permissible limits, said the police.
Kevin worked as a flower decorator and was returning from Marathahalli market with his friend, Shibu, when the accident took place, TOI reported.
The Hindu reported that the doctor has been booked under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and is under judicial custody. The report added that his blood alcohol level at the time was 113 mg/ml. According to Indian Motor Vehicles Act, the blood alcohol limit is 30 mg/ml.
The newspaper identified Ravi to be a native of Kadappa district in Andhra Pradesh. He had done his graduation in medicine from Kolar following which he did his Masters in Surgery in Vydehi Hospital, Whitefield.
In 2017, the number of drunk driving cases registered by the city police were 73,741 a spike of 25% from 59,028 cases in the previous year.