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Pune Teen Granted Bail Within 15 Hours After Killing 2 People With Porsche

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Fifteen hours after his arrest, the 17-year-old driver of the Porsche that struck a bike in Pune on Saturday night, killing a man and a woman, was released on bond. According to his attorney, Prashant Patil, the minor was given bail with some restrictions, including working with Yerwada traffic police for 15 days, writing an essay about accidents, getting treatment for his alcoholism, and attending counselling sessions. The defendant is the well-known Pune realtor’s son.

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Twenty-four-year-olds Aneesh Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta, both engineers from Madhya Pradesh working in Pune, were returning on a bike after attending a get-together with friends. The Porsche, which eyewitnesses have said was driving at over 200 km per hour and had no number plates, hit the bike. Ashwini was thrown about 20 feet in the air and landed hard, said an eyewitness. Aneesh was thrown at a parked car and suffered serious injuries. Both died on the spot.

“The accident took place around 2.15 am. The car was in full speed. The driver was fleeing after the car hit the bike, but the airbags deployed. He could not see the road and parked the car. And locals caught them. Besides the driver, there were two occupants in the car. One of them escaped. The crowd beat up the other two,” said an eyewitness, an auto-rickshaw operator waiting for a ride.

The eyewitness said police reached the spot in 15 minutes.

The minor, it is learnt, was returning with his friends from a pub where they were partying to celebrate clearing their Class 12 exams.

An FIR was filed under the provisions pertaining to reckless driving and death by negligence after a friend of one of the victims filed a complaint. According to police, charges are also likely against the teen’s father and the bar that provided him with alcohol.

The Indian Express has learned that Additional Commissioner of Police Manoj Patil requested that the court grant them custody of the teenager and allow them to try him as an adult.

Although the teenager and his friends are said to have been heavily intoxicated by multiple eyewitnesses, the results of their medical tests are still pending.

Many people are outraged by the incident and blame loose laws for deaths caused by reckless driving and minors operating motor vehicles.

Anurag Kulshrestha, president of an NGO that works for road safety, told NDTV, “There is no fear of law. In Pune, when authorities tried to enforce the helmet rule, all political parties came out to protest. We are living in an indisciplined society.”

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