The Mercedes hit and run case in which the young 32-year-old marketing consultant Sidharth Sharma was killed has been making headlines across all platforms. He was rammed into by a speeding Mercedes Benz E Class (license no DL 2F CM 3000), reportedly being driven at about 150+ kmph on Monday night at Delhi Civil Lines. The car was driven by a 17-year-old 12th standard student who was behind the wheels of the Mercedes Benz.
The released CCTV footage shows Sidharth approaching the intersection and looking to the right side of the street for approaching traffic. On nearing the kerb, a speeding sedan can be seen travelling at very high speed. Viewing the speeding vehicle, Sidharth increases his speed even as the Mercedes driver swerves towards the left of the road which led to the fatal accident.
Below is a pictorial break-down of the accident.
Siddharth crossing the road. From the corner of his eye, he notices the approaching Mercedes. Reference time – 37 seconds. The car is about to hit Siddharth. He tries to move out of the way. But the speed of the car is approaching at a very high speed. The distance of over 60 meters (from the time the car appeared in the video frame, till it hit Siddharth) was covered by the speeding car in less than 1.4 seconds. This means it was traveling at a speed of more than 150 kmph.
The impact was so great that Sidharth was tossed into the air and out of the frame of CCTV footage, leaving his backpack at the exact spot of the accident.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the Mercedes was being driven by a teenager along with five other youngsters as passengers. All six of them try to run away in the car, but due to gathering of crowd, they were not able to get away with the car. Thus they fled the scene on foot and abandoned the vehicle.
Though the police have fined the owner of the Mercedes whose son was at the wheel, the family of the victim claims police inaction in the case. The owner of the car apparently hired a driver to state that he was driving the Mercedes at the time of the accident but the driver later changed his statement when he learnt that the victim had died.
Police finally apprehended the accused, but as he is a juvenile, he was given bail immediately. More details in the video below.