BMW driver arrested for killing 3 in collision

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Kolkata | August 22, 2016 10:08 PM

A 20-year-old driver of the BMW which collided head-on with a vehicle and killed three persons on the Mandarmani beach was arrested, police said.

Ritesh Kumar, who was driving the BMW was arrested under Indian Penal Code Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and IPC 304A (causing death by negligence), East Midnapore SP Alok Rajoria told PTI. (Representational Image)Ritesh Kumar, who was driving the BMW was arrested under Indian Penal Code Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and IPC 304A (causing death by negligence), East Midnapore SP Alok Rajoria told PTI. (Representational Image)

A 20-year-old driver of the BMW which collided head-on with a vehicle and killed three persons on the Mandarmani beach was arrested here today, police said.

Ritesh Kumar, who was driving the BMW was arrested under Indian Penal Code Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and IPC 304A (causing death by negligence), East Midnapore SP Alok Rajoria told PTI.

A complaint was lodged by a local witness after family members of the deceased trio did not file any complaint against anybody, Rajoria said.

“Because he was driving the vehicle he was somehow responsible for the mishap that happened yesterday. We need to look into his role also,” Rajoria said.

Asked whether another person who was also in the BMW would be arrested in connection with the accident, the SP said, “Generally its because of the driver’s fault that an accident happens not because of fellow passengers. But we need to see if the co-passenger had any role in it or not.”

The SP also dismissed that the accident was a result of racing between the two vehicles.

“There was no question of any racing between the two vehicles. And we have enough evidence that these two groups did not know each other … Head-on collision does not happen when two vehicles are racing and in fact there were damages on side portions of both the cars,” he said.

Police are likely to conduct forensic test on both the vehicles, Rajoria said.

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