Hyderabad saw yet another case of joyriding by an underage driver go wrong, when the SUV driven by a school student rammed a scooter, severely injuring a couple riding on the two-wheeler.
According to Bachupally Sub-Inspector Vijay Kumar, the accident occurred on the colony roads of Mithila Nagar and Pragati Nagar between 3pm and 3.30pm.
“The SUV was driven by a Class 10 student. He had taken out the vehicle without his father’s knowledge. He was driving in a rash and negligent manner, and collided with the scooter coming from the opposite direction,” he said.
The New Indian Express reported that the impact of the collision threw Nagendra Kumar (36) and his wife Devi (32), off the bike, which came under the front wheels of the SUV.
SI Vijay Kumar said that both Nagendra and Devi suffered multiple injuries. “The husband is out of danger. He suffered a fracture in the left leg and another fracture in the right hand. The wife, Devi, is in a serious position. Some of her pelvic bones have been fractured,” he said.
While locals rushed the couple to a nearby hospital, the underage driver of the SUV escaped unhurt and fled, along with five other students who were in the SUV, reported Deccan Chronicle.
Sub-Inspector Vijay Kumar said that the minor had been absconding since last evening, and his family and friends did not know about his whereabouts. “The police, his parents and relatives and friends are also searching for him. But he is absconding from fear,” he said.
In the past few months, Hyderabad police have been struggling to deal with a persistent problem of underage driving. Attention was drawn to the problem after a nine-year-old girl Ramya and two of her relatives died at the hands of an allegedly drunk underage driver. A special drive against underage driving conducted by the Hyderabad police some weeks after the accident netted an astonishing 267 underage drivers, the youngest of them being just 13 years old.