A 2-year-old boy was run over by an Audi in Delhi on Wednesday, 7 October after the driver lost control.

The incident happened on Wednesday at 8.30 pm when the accused, identified as Sanjeev Kumar, 25, was driving in north-west Delhi's Mukherjee Nagar area.

Kumar was driving his employer Vijay Singh's car that he took out for refuelling and was returning when the accident happened, The Hindu reported.

As he attempted to move through the crowded market in JJ Colony, the toddler, who was playing with a toy at the traffic intersection, came under the wheels of the Audi Q7 and was crushed to death.

Those who witnessed the accident said that Kumar had been speeding and went out of the lane before taking a left turn near a gurdwara next to the crowded market, The Times of India reported. The toddler sat by the roadside when the speeding car arrived from one corner and mowed him down.

The victim, identified as Raunak, had turned two only a week ago. His father, Neeraj, who runs a vegetable shop, reportedly said that his elder son Sandeep, 5, and younger son Raunak, 2, would come down to play at his stall every evening.

"Yesterday too Raunak and Sandeep were playing near the stall when the speeding car suddenly ran over my younger son. I noticed it and shouted out which drew the attention of others around," Neeraj said. 

When the locals gathered near the spot, Kumar drove further down the road, but later left the car and fled. He escaped into the nearby slums in JJ Colony, but the locals caught him, thrashed him and handed him over to the police.

When a police team rushed Raunak to the hospital, the doctors announced that he was already dead. 

After the accident, Raunak's family and some local residents surrounded Vijay Singh's house and demanded compensation for the death. Some of the enraged residents even threw stones at the local police station. The situation was brought under control after the police intervened and assured the angry crowd of action.

The DCP of north-west Delhi said that Kumar has been booked under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC, IndiaToday reported.