Indian teen reportedly kills two while driving drunk

Outrage has grown across India as many see the teenager’s sentence as too lenient, with relatives of the victims calling for his bail to be revoked.

Porsche accident in Pune

NDTVThe damaged Porsche involved in the accident.

After a 17-year-old Indian teenager allegedly killed two people while driving his Porsche drunk and crashing it into a motorcycle, the court granted him bail on one condition: that he “write an essay” about the incident.

The only other punishment for this alleged double murder was alcohol treatment, counseling sessions and fifteen days of assistance to the local police. Outrage arose as many questioned how such a seemingly light sentence could be given for what some have called a “heinous” crime.

The teenager, it emerged, is the son of a prominent real estate magnate, and some in the country have accused the judge of being too lenient as a result. The teenager’s sentence has now been adjusted, but the question remains: does the new punishment really fit the crime?

The horrific deaths caused by a teenager’s drunk driving

If India today reported, the incident reportedly took place around 3:15 am on Sunday, May 19, in Pune. The 17-year-old, who has not been named, was driving a white Porsche at high speed when he crashed into two motorcyclists who were returning home from a party at a nearby restaurant, police said.

The teenager then allegedly crashed his Porsche into a railing, and in a video shared on social media, passersby can be seen swarming the driver as he gets out of the vehicle. The two victims of the incident were identified as 25-year-old Aneesh Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta, both software engineers.

Per De Telegraaf OnlineKoshta was thrown six meters into the air and died on the spot. Awadhiya was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards.

Ashwini KoshtaAshwini Koshta

Ashwini Kostha/NDTVAshwini Koshta, one of the victims in the drunk driving incident.

One eyewitness described the teen as “driving very fast” and noted that no one had attacked the teen, but they had stopped him and turned him over to police. Police soon discovered that the teenager was only 17 years and eight months old, making him four months shy of 18 years old, the minimum legal age for driving in India. In the state of Maharashtra, the drinking age is 25 years.

According to police, the teenager was celebrating his exam results and was driving at a speed of almost 200 kilometers per hour at the time of the incident.

But just 15 hours after the boy was handed over to police, he was released on bail. Explaining the terms of his client’s bail in detail, his lawyer Prashant Patil said: “The accused has to cooperate with the Yerawada traffic police for 15 days, the accused has to write an essay on the accident, he has to be treated by the concerned doctor to help him quit. drinking, and should get psychiatric help and file the report.”

The judge’s order came as a shock to both the police and the general public, who felt the punishment was not severe enough.

Outrage over lenient sentences is causing authorities to change course

“We will leave no stone unturned to prove that this is a heinous crime,” Pune police chief Amitesh Kumar said.

Shortly after the boy was released on bail, his father was arrested for allegedly allowing his son to drive, as were three people who allegedly served the boy alcohol. Pune police are now asking the juvenile court to cancel the boy’s bail – a sentiment echoed by the families of the victims.

Kumar’s use of the word ‘heinous’ is also notable for its legal context. As CNN reported, a change was made to India’s juvenile laws in 2015, allowing children over the age of 16 to be tried as adults if they were found to have committed a “heinous” crime.

“We have taken the strictest possible approach and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the two young lives lost get justice and that the accused is duly punished,” Kumar added.

Criticism has also been leveled at Kumar and his department. Shiv Sena, a member of the opposition party in Maharashtra, accused Pune police of serving the teenager pizza and burgers after the crash, telling news agency ANI that Kumar “should be suspended. He tried to protect the suspect. A young couple was murdered and the suspect was granted bail within two hours.”

Aneesh AwadhiyaAneesh Awadhiya

Aneesh Awadhiya/NDTVAneesh Awadhiya (right) with his family.

Sena also said the teenager looked clearly drunk in the video taken at the scene, “but his medical report was negative. Who helps the suspect? Who is this police commissioner? It must be removed otherwise the people of Pune will take to the streets.”

The families of the victims are also calling on the police to take tougher action against the teenager.

“We want his bail to be canceled and him to remain in police custody,” said Sachin Bokde, an uncle of one of the victims. “Because of him, an innocent girl who has seen nothing of life died.”

India today also reported that doctors at a nearby hospital were allegedly bribed by the teen’s family to swap his blood samples and make it appear as if he was not drunk, in an effort to “get him off the hook.”

In total, three hospital workers were accused of taking bribes amounting to 50,000 rupees (about $600). It was also found in the home of one of the doctors. The doctors themselves have not spoken publicly about the issue, although their families have denied their involvement. One employee of the hospital’s blood testing department is also reportedly on the run.

The investigation is still ongoing, but outrage continues to spread, with more and more people calling for harsher penalties and changes to India’s drink driving laws.

After you read about the drunk driving incident that outraged a nation, read about the outrageous crimes of Ethan Couch, the teen who killed four people in a drunk driving incident. Then read about Nikki Catsouras, the girl who crashed her Porsche with fatal consequences.

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