New Delhi: A day before he was to begin Class 12 in school, a 17-year-old boy in Delhi was killed by a speeding Mercedes that dragged his scooter for about 100 metres on Sunday night.
Atul Arora, a Class 12 student of Bal Bharati School, was on his way home after dropping a friend when the car collided head-on with his scooter. The teen died instantly. He was not wearing a helmet, say the police.
The incident took place around 11 pm, not far from Atul's home in Pashchim Vihar. His family says he was returning from a Satsang - a religious discourse.
After the crash, the Mercedes driver did not stop but drove off, hitting a truck on the way. The police say the make of the car has been identified from CCTV footage but have drawn a blank on the number or the driver.
"The car dragged Atul's scooty for at least 100 metre. The car also hit a truck and then, speeded off. The police have taken our statement," said Suresh Arora, Atul's uncle.
Atul's father, an officer of the Delhi Development Authority, suffers from partial paralysis. His mother Sangeeta Arora is a teacher and he has two sisters, Ruchi and Archana.
"Today was supposed to be his first day in 12th grade. He wanted to travel around the world and was extremely religious. In fact he was at a satsang yesterday and bad gone to drop a friend home when this happened," Ruchi Arora, 27, told NDTV. "We want the driver caught," she said.
Atul's scooter was completely battered in the crash.