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Common thread in hit-and-run case

Apr 13, 2007 07:45 PM IST India India

Mumbai: The six young students accused in the Carter road hit-and-run case were just like any other teenagers till the early hours November 2 last year, when the need for speed fuelled by alcohol turned them fugitives.

They were accused of running over seven construction workers sleeping on the pavement in Mumbai's Carter Road.

Now, these youngsters find their lives have changed forever but one quick look at their backgrounds shows a common thread — young, educated and upper middle class.

The driver of the car, Allister Perreira, is an engineering student and at 21, he was the only one permitted to drink. Allister was also helping out in his father's engineering business.

The others accused in the case are 20-year-old Kurt D'lima who is a second year BBA student and is a neigbhour of Allister's; Marvin Anthony Pinto who is 19 and an arts Student from Raheja College; 20-year-old Kenroy Jacob who is a student of St. Andrew's college Bandra; the youngest is Craig Perreira who is just 18-years-old and studies in the Class 12 at Bandra's National College and lastly, the only girl, Ronella Santamai, is a 20-year-old and studies arts.

Anthony, who runs a garage near Allister's house had this to say: "I know him since childhood, he is a very lovable and good mannered boy. However, whatever has happened is really unfortunate."

While the prosecution had sought maximum punishment for Allister, a sessions court in Mumbai has acquitted him on charges of culpable homicide. He's however been held guilty on charges of rash driving.