Chennai: Car driven by minor runs amok

4 pedestrians knocked down, 9 vehicles rammed,

Chennai: A 17-year-old boy driving his relative’s car knocked down five persons and rammed into nine parked vehicles in Washermepet on Sunday. According to the police, the teen, son of one Pandiyan from Madurai, had come to his relative’s house in New Washermenpet for a vacation.

On Sunday afternoon, he took his relative’s mid-size sedan for a drive when the host was not at home. When the car was running at speed, he allegedly engaged the hand-brake which caused the vehicle to skid. He lost control over the vehicle which knocked a woman down, a police officer said.

The teen continued to drive the vehicle and some locals who witnessed the accident chased the car and pelted stones at it. The vehicle then rammed into five
two-wheelers and four autorickshaws parked on the roadside and hit four pedestrians.

The car continued to move ahead when its tyre punctured.The vehicle finally hit a tree and came to a halt, said a police officer probing the case.Passersby caught the boy, a college first-year student, and handed him over to the Washermenpet traffic police. Based on acomplaint, police registered a case and took the boy and his relatives into custody.

“His parents shouldn’t have allowed him to take the car. Teaching him to drive a car is not safe. The laws are strict now.

We will not spare any parent who allows their minor children to drive a car or a bike,” said a traffic police officer.Further investigations are under progress.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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