Parents of a 15-year-old boy, who died after being run over by a rashly driven truck, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 11 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.
The tribunal directed Shriram General Insurance Company Ltd, insurer of the offending truck, to pay Rs 11.07 lakh to the parents of the teenaged boy, who died in 2012.
MACT Presiding Officer Kiran Bansal held the driver guilty of rash and negligent driving while relying on the testimony of the boy’s father, who was an eyewitness to the accident, and also noted that the driver and owner of the offending truck did not step into the witness box to deny the allegations.
The tribunal also relied on documents on record, including the copy of FIR, victim’s post mortem report and mechanical inspection report of the truck.
While directing the insurance company to pay the amount to petitioners, the tribunal also entitled the firm to recover the same from the driver and owner of the truck as they were plying it without a valid permit.
According to the petition, on March 1, 2012, the victim was going to a market near Ghaziabad when a speeding truck ran over him.
The boy, a Delhi resident, was taken to GTB Hospital where he was declared as brought dead.
An FIR was registered against the driver under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.
The driver and owner of the truck had denied the charges through a written statement, but failed to appear in person, the tribunal noted.
The insurance company had also filed written statement and admitted the valid policy of the truck but alleged that the truck owner did not have a permit to ply the vehicle.
( Source – PTI )