15-yr-old dies in stunt on bike gifted by dad

NEW DELHI: A high-speed bike stunt killed a 15-year-old boy and injured his neighbour in northeast Delhi’s Shastri Park on Sunday morning, an accident that underscores rising fatalities from underage driving.

Mohammad Umar Sheikh was riding a ~1.5-lakh Duke, manufactured by Austrian bike major KTM AG, that his father had gifted him. He was trying to perform wheelies on a public road with 19-year-old neighbour Mohammad Anas as the pillion passenger.

Sheikh was not wearing a helmet and he suffered head injuries that caused fatal internal hemorrhage.

The other teenager too was without a helmet.

Police said the family of the Class 8 student admitted him to a private hospital initially and shifted him to Lok Nayak hospital when his condition deteriorated.

They informed police about the incident on Monday as it is mandatory for people to report road accidents when victims are admitted to government-run hospitals.

Police learnt after questioning the family, which lives in the Chauhan Bangar locality in northeast Delhi, that the boy’s businessman-father Babar Khan bought him the bike a fortnight ago.

“The boy was pestering his parents for a racing bike… and stubbornly refused food for three days until his father relented and bought the bike,” an officer said.

Sheikh allegedly sneaked out of home early on Sunday before sehri, the morning meal prior to the day’s fasting during Ramazan, and went for a spin with his older neighbour on his new Duke.

They went towards Kashmere Gate and the accident happened around 4.30am when they were returning home. The boy couldn’t control the bike while trying  a stunt. 

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Source : Hindustan Times

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