Drivers have been warned time and again not to drive on public roads without a valid license. Breaking this law has led to many innocent deaths and this time round it is two young kids who have lost their lives to a grievous mistake by yet another unlicensed driver.
An army officer, Santoshkumar Rai (36), and his wife, Sangeeta Santoshkumar Rai (34) have been booked for rash and negligent driving. On Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm, the Santoshkumar was teaching his wife how to drive in Cuffe Parade.
The driver, who did not possess a drivers licence (not even a learner’s license), panicked after seeing two kids cycling on the road and stepped on the accelerator instead of the break. The car dashed into the two children killing them on the spot. The children Abhay Dhyani (7), and his brother Akshansh (12), were riding their bicycles and were crossing the road when the accident occurred. The boys were rushed to the INS Ashwini Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
Officers at the Cuffe Parade Police Station said that the driver increased speed due to which Abhay came under the wheels of the Hyundai Santro car (DL-01-C-8548), while his brother Akshansh was dragged along with the car till it crashed into a tree. Both the children are the sons of Ravindraprasad Dhyani (another Army man) who is at present posted in Assam while both families live at Suvidha Complex at Navi Nagar in Cuffe Parade.
Santoshkumar and Sangeeta Rai have been booked for rash and negligent driving under sections 279 (rash driving or riding in a public place), 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. They were released on bail with a bond of INR 15,000 each the same day.
This incident once again brings into focus the dire dangers of driving without a valid driver’s license and the threat it poses to others on the road.