Vansh Khanna, an 18-year-old Indian international student, has been charged after three children were injured when his car allegedly hit them in Sydney’s North Shore.
Mr Khanna arrived in Sydney earlier this year on a three-year student visa to study at Macquarie University.
He appeared in Manly Local Court after NSW Police alleged that he ran a red light and struck three schoolboys boys crossing at a green pedestrian light.
Officers from North Shore Police Area Command secured the crime scene and the Crash Investigation Unit examined it.
NSW Police reported that Mr Khanna drove off from the crime scene and was arrested at Lane Cove about 30 minutes after the crash.
Mr Khanna was issued a licence suspension notice and his Honda Accord has been seized for mechanical and forensic examination.
NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the boys –one aged 13 and two aged 12 – at the scene.
The 13-year-old boy was taken to Sydney Children’s Hospital and treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The two 12-year-old boys sustained minor injuries and were conveyed to Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Mr Khanna has been charged with seven offences including:
- Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – dive manner dangerous
- Negligent driving (occasion grievous bodily harm) – 1st offence
- Cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle (x2)
- Fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm
- Fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury – 1st offence
- Proceed through red traffic light (not toll booth)
He was initially refused bail and asked to reappear at Manly Local Court on 19 May 2023.
On Friday, Mr Khanna was granted bail on the condition that he handed over his passport and his international driver’s licence, and must report to the police at Chatswood daily until his court appearance on 8 June 2023.