Grateful to media for the support, says father of Delhi’s Mercedes hit-and-run victim

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The father of Delhi’s hit-and-run victim has thanked media for the support in getting the perpetrator of the crime arrested.

Hemraj Sharma told ANI, “Police is now in action and I want to thank the media and all who supported us. Fighting this battle for humanitys sake, so no parents have to see their child’s dead body because of someone driving rash.”

On 4 April, a Delhi teenager’s speeding Mercedes had killed a 32-year-old business consultant, Siddharth Sharma in Civil Lines area. The teen, who was out to celebrate after his class 12 exams got over, was arrested but let off by Delhi police because he was below 18.

He turned 18 on Friday and the Juvenile Justice Board will decide whether he will go to a juvenile home or he be tried as an adult.

In either scenario, the maximum punishment he’s likely to face is 2 years.

The family had obtained the footage of from a CCTV camera installed by a local resident. In the footage, Sharma is seen as trying to cross the road when he’s thrown in air by the speeding Mercedes.

Meanwhile police have decided to slap graver charges – culpable homicide – on the juvenile driver after learning that he was a repeat offender and arrested his father for abetting the crime.

DCP (north) Madhur Verma was quoted by Indian Express as saying, ““During investigation, we found that this was not the first offence of rash and negligent driving by this juvenile. In the past, too, he has been found driving in a rash and negligent way. Once, he was even involved in a road accident with another vehicle. In view of the above, the death of Siddharth Sharma is a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and hence Section 304 IPC has been added in place of section 304 A IPC.”

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