Bengaluru: A 17-year-old boy met with a tragic end when he rammed his dad’s car to an electric pole during the wee hours of December 5.
The deceased has been identified as Rishabh Shetty (17), a 2nd PUC student of Christ College. He is younger son of Ashoka K Shetty. The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire the victim was driving was wedged vertically along the pole with steel rods piercing the victims’ body. Rishabh’s friend Aaron who was also in the car survived the accident with minor injuries.
The scene of the accident looked like the victim had lost control of his vehicle and rammed it to the pole. But pieces of the bumper that belong to another vehicle were found at the site of the accident. This concluded that it was a case of hit and run. Further investigation revealed that another car had hit them from behind. This accelerated the car and rammed into the pole.
According to sources, Rishabh and Aaron decided to meet together and go out to eat after mid night. Rishabh sneaked out with his father’s car keys when everyone at home was fast asleep. He then picked up Aaron from Jayanagar and they both had snacks together at a roadside shop in Iblur. The accident occurred at 2:30 am when they were returning back. When they reached a junction on 5th main, Outer Ring Road, a speeding taxi hit them from behind. Rishabh, in panic is thought to have pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brakes, prompting the car to crash into the electric pole. Rishabh died instantly on the spot. Aaron managed to escape with minor injuries. When locals heared of the crash, they informed the police control room and the Madiawala traffic police rushed to the spot. The car was completely mangled, so the fire and emergency service personnel were called in to dislodge the vehicle from the pole.
The firemen used metal cutters to free the body from the mangled remains in a two hour long process. Aaron was in a shock and couldn’t recall the events that lead to the accident. He was taken to a nearby hospital for first aid.
The policemen laid a combing operation to find the accused car. Madiwala traffic police inspector R Vasu said, “A team of our traffic police immediately began scouting the area and nearby six sectors of HSR Layout, spread over eight square kilometres. Beginning 3:30 am, the operation lasted till 6 am, with us stopping to check every single parked car in the area. We finally chanced upon an abandoned white Swift Dzire parked at an under-construction site at 17th cross, 9th main, HSR Layout, with only its rear portion showing towards the road. A closer look revealed that the front portion of the car was completely busted, and the driver was missing.” The car was towed to the police station and Suresh, the owner was traced based on registration details. Suresh revealed that the car was being driven by the driver named Paul, who was later arrested and produced before the magistrate. Paul is charged with Section 304 (A) of the IPC.