Mumbai: Boy has lucky escape after being run over

Mumbai: A shocking video has captured the miraculous escape of a nine-year-old boy, who emerged practically unscathed after suddenly finding himself under a moving car on Monday evening. The video shows him playing football with his friends in the compound of a building in Dindoshi, Goregaon (E). While playing, he sits down to tie a shoelace and, horrifyingly, a car parked near him ‘springs to life.’ The driver, quite oblivious of the kids, drives out of the parking lot and drives over him.

For a stupefying moment, it seems, the boy has been knocked out for good. But children seem to enjoy divine protection: as the car moves on, the driver blissfully unaware, the boy stands up, miraculously without a scratch. Slightly shaken at the intrusion, he blithely proceeds to resume his game.  Evidently, he had the presence of mind to remain lying in the centre of the car’s path. Had he got up, it would have been a different story.

The miraculous escape was captured by a CCTV camera on the building premises. Interestingly, from the video, it is apparent none of his companions noticed this incident, as they had their backs to the boy. They can be seen carrying on with their game. Hours after the video of the incident went viral on social media, Dindoshi Police booked the woman driver under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to rash driving, read with relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act. Dnyaneshwar Jawalkar, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Dindoshi division) said, “The case was registered on Wednesday afternoon following which the arrest was made immediately. The woman will be produced in court on Thursday morning.”

An automobile expert said, “Luckily, the boy dodged the wheels and lay on the ground. However, it was the driver’s fault, she should have seen checked the front, rear and the surroundings before turning on the ignition. As the Wagon-R car has a vertical design, it is not possible to see what is on the ground, hence checking the surrounding area is important.  Also, didn’t she feel the bump when the car hit the kid? It was pure negligence on her part.

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