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Mumbai's 10 Most dangerous roads - Part 4

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Killer Road: Arun Kumar Vaidya Marg

Accident spots: Koliwada Bus Stop, Mahim Causeway
No of accidents in 2011: 9
No of deaths: 3

MiD DAY Road analysis: This 800-metre stretch has no speed limit boards, and also no streetlights at night on road connecting Bandra Reclamation.

Case Study
On September 10 last year, Kaushik Maru's (26) bike was rammed by a BEST bus which suddenly changed lanes to make a stop at Koliwada bus stop. Maru's bike skid on the road, injuring him and his pillion badly. They were rushed to Bhabha Hospital, where Maru was treated for head and chin injuries, while his friend went into shock for 24 hours.

Copspeak
Police Sub-Inspector Suresh Shinde, from the Mahim Police Station, said, "While similar accidents have transpired on this road before, most of the accidents happen due to jaywalking pedestrians. In spite of there being two Foot Over Bridges (FOB) on the road, pedestrians choose to cross the road through gaps in the divider. However, the number of accidents has definitely reduced in the last couple of years."

Voices
Michael Gonsalves, a resident of the area, said "Most of the accidents occur in the wee hours of the morning. Three days back, there was an oil spill on the road due to which four bikes skid at night. It was we fishermen who put sand on the road following the accident."

Peter Jacob a fisherman from the area said, "A lot of the accidents occur due to pedestrians crossing the road via the gaps in the divider. However, these gaps are necessary to prevent our colony from flooding during the monsoon."

Killer Road: Reay Road
Killer Road: Reay Road
Accident spots: Barrister Nath Pai Road
No of accidents in 2011: 4
No of deaths: 4

MiD DAY Road analysis: Road construction, busy movement of vehicles



Case Study
On November 28 last year, Abdul Rehman's  (35) bike skid while he was on his way to work on his bike.

Copspeak
Investigating officer V G Gore, from Byculla Police Station, said, "Rehman was in coma for 8 days, before he died." Reshma is staying with her uncle in Kurla. "Reshma came to me for help. She wants an authority letter from the company where Rehman worked. She wants to claim insurance," added Gore.

Voices
Manoj Kumar (38), car washer, said, "Accidents happen because the bikers are over confident. Futhermore, the road is under construction. Bikers don't bother reducing speed on this stretch.

Killer Road: Marine Drive
Accident spots: Near Taraporewala Aquarium
No of accidents in 2011: 4
No of deaths: 2



MiD DAY Road analysis:
Few speed limit signs.

Case Study
On December 10 last year, Shailesh Jain(24) who was crossing the road was hit by  a car while trying to avoid a speeding biker.  Both his legs and one hand were fractured.

Copspeak
"Just because some people are impatient this accidents take place. All the signals are put in place for people's safety", said Zunjarrao Amruti Gharai, Sr. PI, Marine Drive Police Station.

Voices
"There should be speed breakers, foot-over bridges, and speed limit should be fixed on marine Drive," said Shailesh Jain, victim of the accident.

Dinesh Gogoi (35), who works near Mafatlal Club, Marine Drive recalled a case. "A newlymarried couple's car crashed in to a SUV. The groom died on the spot. I don't remember what happened to the bride. They were in their wedding dress."

Killer Road: Juhu-Tara Rd, Santacruz
Killer Road: Juhu-Tara Rd, Santacruz
Accident spot: Outside SNDT College
No of deaths in 2012: 1

MiD DAY Road analysis: Uneven road with no road markings



Case Study
After a night of revelry, when the inebriated driver, Rahul Mishra hit a tree and lost control, 18-year-old Shivani Rawat, one of the occupants, died. The other six occupants of the car, as well as the rickshaw driver were severely injured. Shivani succumbed to various internal injuries, while two of her friends, Nimisha Mane and Priyanka Rai were left battling for their lives.

Copspeak
Senior Inspector Madhukar Choudhary of the Santacruz police station confirmed that the accident was owing to drink driving. He said, "This is a case of drink driving. The driver Rahul Mishra has been booked for
his friend's death owing to negligence, and he is now in police custody."

Inputs by Aditya Hariharan, Nivedita Dargalkar, Jaideep Vaidya, Naveen Nair and Mustafa Shaikh

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