3-yr-old run over by school van, driver ar­rested

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: A three-year-old boy died in a road ac­ci­dent af­ter he was hit by a schoolvan at Kopar Khairane on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the vic­tim, Yu­vraj Sar­ode, lived with his par­ents at Ghan­soli. He had come to his un­cle’s place at Sec­tor 4 in Kopar Khairane on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“Around 6.30pm, the boy, along with his grand­mother and a cousin, was go­ing for a walk in a nearby gar­den. As they were cross­ing the road, a schoolvan which was pass­ing by hit the boy. He suf­fered in­juries in his head and was rushed to NMMC hos­pi­tal in Vashi. How­ever, the doc­tors de­clared him brought dead,” said Umesh Munde, as­sis­tant in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

The vic­tim’s grand­mother and cousin es­caped un­hurt in the in­ci­dent.

“The van be­longed to a pri­vate school in Vashi. There were no stu­dents on­board when the ac­ci­dent took place,” he said.

The driver Sachin Wagh­made, 38, a res­i­dent of Kalam­boli, fled with the ve­hi­cle af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

“On Satur­day we called him to the po­lice sta­tion and ar­rested him once he reached. We have also seized the van,” Munde said.

The po­lice have booked Wagh­made un­der sec­tions 279 and 304a of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and sec­tions 184 and 134 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act. He will be pro­duced be­fore the court on Sun­day.

“The driver was re­turn­ing home af­ter drop­ping the stu­dents at Kopar Khairane. We think, he lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and hit the boy. This is not a case of drink driv­ing,” Munde said.

The vic­tim’s body was handed over to his fam­ily af­ter post­mortem. The post mortem re­ports are yet to come.

The driver was re­turn­ing home af­ter drop­ping the stu­dents at Kopar Khairane. We think, he lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and hit the boy. This is not a case of drink driv­ing. UMESH MUNDE, as­sis­tant in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion

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