New Delhi: CCTV visuals have captured the moment when a 32-year-old man was hit by a Mercedes that came careening down the road with a Class 12 boy behind the wheel.
- CCTV captures moment Sidharth Sharma was hit by a speeding Mercedes
- Visuals show no sign of the car slowing down or trying to avoid Mr Sharma
- 17-year-old behind the wheel, father booked for allowing minor to drive
Sidharth Sharma, realising that the car was not slowing down, tried to get out of the way but didn't stand a chance.
In the footage obtained by his family and given to the police, Mr Sharma is seen trying to cross the road while looking both ways. He had just bought takeout from a noodle stand and was heading home.
The marketing consultant is seen looking to his left and suddenly trying to rush to the pavement but in a split second, the Mercedes - the police said it came at a speed of around 100 km an hour - rams him, flinging him into the air. There was no sign that the driver slowed down or even tried to avoid hitting him.
Mr Sharma's sling bag is left on the road. People are seen rushing towards where his body would have landed.
The visuals show how fast and recklessly the car was being driven by the 17-year-old son of a businessman out with his friends - all Class 12 students who had finished school exams last month.
After hitting Sidharth Sharma, the Mercedes went over a pavement and came to a stop as its front tyres burst. The teenager abandoned the car and ran away with his friends. He was arrested but let off on bail because he is below 18.
His father has now been charged but not arrested. The charge - allowing a minor to drive - is bailable.
Police sources say action can be taken against the underage driver only after the police file a charge-sheet, for which they have 90 days.
Mr Sharma's father called the investigation a joke and said the driver should be tried and punished as an adult.
Hemraj Sharma, shattered after the death of his only son, told NDTV that how the police responded to the incident "is totally questionable."
He said: "From today we are going to live as a dead family... I even told the IO (investigating officer) in the police station, tomorrow it may be your son, daughter or anyone...My son lost his life but I hope others also continue losing and the people with muscle and money power get away from these crimes."