Hit-and-run case: Man jailed, ordered to pay Dh220,000

DUBAI — The Traffic Court sentenced a 46-year-old Indian to one year in prison and ordered him to pay Dh200,000 in blood money to the heirs of the man whose death he caused in a traffic accident.

By Marie Nammour

Published: Sat 12 May 2012, 12:33 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:38 AM

Youssef Mohammed Al Zarooni, acting traffic chief prosecutor in Dubai, said that the defendant was also ordered to pay a fine of Dh20,000 and his driving licence was suspended for one year. He would also be denied renewal of his driving licence once it expired.

Al Zarooni revealed that the accident dated back to September 2 last year when the defendant was involved in a hit-and-run case. It happened at about 10.15pm on Algeria Street in Al Qusais.

The defendant, who fled the scene, was arrested 15 minutes later based on statements of witnesses and leads, including car parts left at the scene.

The police knew that the motorist ran over a pedestrian after he lost control of his car and hit the pavement. He was driving recklessly. The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries shortly later.

Through investigation by prosecutor Ammar Dhanhani and after gathering evidence and technical reports and listening to witnesses, it was known that the defendant was driving under the influence of liquor. He was referred to the Traffic Court on charges of causing, by mistake, the death of someone, fleeing injured people at the scene of accident and driving under the influence of liquor and using liquor.

The prosecution asked for a stiff penalty against the defendant as per the Traffic Law.

Al Zarooni revealed that the traffic prosecution investigated 326 detainees on the charge of driving under the influence of liquor and 34 detainees on the charge of causing, by mistake, the death of others in the first quarter of this year.

He called on all motorists to drive safely and abide by the laws.



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