10 hit-and-run cases reported in last 11 months in South Goa

Margao: Hit-and-run cases are on the rise in South
Goa, and as many as 10 such cases
have been reported this year so far in the district.

Recently, a
62-year-old Anthony Coutinho, a resident
of Nuvem, who was travelling on a
scooter, died after he was knocked down by an unknown vehicle at
Arlem.

The Maina Curtorim police had said that Anthony was
coming home on his scooter and he was hit by an unknown vehicle at
Arlem.

He was taken to Hospicio Hospital, however, he
died there, said the police.

People gathered at the site soon after the
incident tried to trace the vehicle involved in the accident but
could not succeed in that.

The Maina Curtorim police also reached the
site and tried to look for the vehicle but so far the vehicle that hit the
scooterist has not been traced.

A senior police officer claimed that most of the hit-
and-run cases reported have been detected and charge-sheets have been
filed against the offenders.

He said that hit-and-run accident can be described
as a case, where an individual, hits another vehicle while driving and flees
from the spot.

“In fact it is the civil responsibility of the drivers to
report a road mishap concerning their vehicles,” he added.

Ulhas Kerker, a senior citizen, said that
road accident statistics indicate how roads have become unsafe for everyone and most of the road
accidents.

He opined that lack of concern for public safety
and rash driving are resulting in the hit- and-run cases.

According to a city advocate, Motor Vehicles Act,
1988 includes legislation which imposes severe punishment on an individual
involved in a hit-and-run accident, and pointed out that in Section 161 of
Motor Vehicles Act, hit-and-run is defined as “an accident arising out of the
use of a motor vehicle(s) the identity whereof cannot be ascertained in spite
of reasonable efforts for the

purpose.”

Besides, he said that Sections 279, 304A, and 338 of
the IPC are imposed on the accused in hit-and-run incidents for causing death.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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