Immediately after the accident, the accused tried fleeing, but he was caught by locals.

Hyderabad youngster on a joy-ride in dads car rams into students injures 12
news Crime Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 07:38

A 19-year-old youth on a joyride in Hyderabad, led to a major accident near the Sheikpet area in Jubilee Hills on Monday morning.

According to reports, N Srikant, took his father's car out for a spin and rammed into a group of students waiting for a bus on the road, injuring 12 people.

Srikant's father was a taxi driver, the police said.

"His father parked the car at their house and was sleeping when the boy took it out. Srikant has a driving licence and was not drunk. Along the way, he inadvertently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake and then could not control the vehicle. He was already overspeeding,” a police officer from Banjara Hills told Deccan Chronicle.

The victims were students of a nursing college, who were part of a larger team on a project, and were staying near Apollo Hospital. 

“We were waiting to get into autos outside a PHC, when a speeding car suddenly came hurtling towards us. Before we could react, the car hit many of us and we all fell down, thinking this is the end. When I regained consciousness, I was in the hospital, with three stitches on my head," Sumithra, a nursing student told the Times of India.

"I think I also saw a lot of people drag the cab driver out of his vehicle and yell at him. After that I don't remember seeing him again. I was more focused on getting my friends to safety...someone among us had dialled 108. The horror of those few moments is going to haunt me," she added, while speaking to TOI.

Immediately after the accident, it was reported that Srikant tried fleeing, as he feared the crowd that was gathering.

However, he was caught and handed over to the police, and was formally arrested later in the day by the police and the car was confiscated. 

The accused has been booked under Sec 279, 337 and 338 of the the IPC, which deal with rash driving, causing hurt and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life respectively. 

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