NEW DELHI: A speeding Hyundai i20 with three Class XII students out on an early-morning joyride, went out of control near Salimgarh fort in north Delhi and crushed four people sleeping on the pavement on Thursday, killing one and leaving the others with critical injuries.Police said Samarth Chugh, 18,who did not have a driving licence, was behind the wheel.

Witnesses told police that the i20 Sportz lost control at a bend on Ring Road around 6am. It veered to the right and climbed on to the pavement. The deceased youth, unidentified so far, was stuck under the chassis and another was dragged with the car, which then climbed off the pavement, turned and came to a stop 50m away.

Police said Chugh’s father+ runs a factory producing leather bags in Sadar Bazar. All three teenagers were classmates at a well-known private in south-central Delhi and were heading to their school. The silver-coloured car belonged to the father on one of the riders.

The injured victims were identified as Asif, 30, a rickshaw-puller, Karan, 26, a daily-wager, and Sanjay, 28, a porter. They were admitted with severe injuries at the Sushruta trauma centre in Civil Lines.

The vehicle dragged Asif for about 50 metres before coming to a halt after its front right wheel burst. Two of the teenagers managed to flee but were rounded up by a PCR van a short distance from the accident site.

A police patrol bike passing by informed the PCR and took the injured to the hospital. Chugh was caught from the spot and later arrested. His two friends were detained for questioning.

“We have booked him under charges of culpable homicide due to the nature of the accident. Instead of stopping the vehicle, the youth dragged the victim for a few metres until the tyre was deflated,” said Jatin Narwhal, DCP, north.

It was found that the three teenagers had gathered at the house of one of them in Model Town for a group study session. They were to appear for their last board exam on April 29. On Thursday morning, they had decided to drive to their school, click selfies with a few other friends and return after having breakfast at a roadside stall.

One of the friends managed to convince his father to lend his car for the morning trip, saying they would visit a gurudwara for breakfast.Police said the car was bought three years back and belonged to a garment dealer based in Chandni Chowk. Police intend to book him under sections of the Motor Vehicles Act that prohibit allowing an unauthorised person to drive the vehicle.

Chugh’s father was out of the city on work and has been informed about the accident.