Mumbai showed both its rash and humane side in a matter of minutes on Friday when a speeding car first accidentally knocked down a young woman, but then, stopped to not just check on the victim, but also rushed her to a nearby hospital. The injured woman, 24-year-old Nirja Vakil, was seriously injured but is now recuperating in hospital. She has not pressed charges against the errant car driver, since he helped rush her to the hospital.
Twenty four-year-old Nirja Vakil at home with her family members. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar
According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle knocked down Vakil, as she was crossing the busy Annie Besant Road in Worli on her way to work on Friday. Speaking to Sunday mid-day, her sister Nupur Desai said, “At the time of the accident, Nirja was not speaking on the phone or talking to anyone. She was crossing the road at the designated spot, so it was the driver’s fault. But we have not lodged a police complaint because the driver of the vehicle told us that he will pay us the compensation.” However, the compensation amount is yet to arrive.
Meanwhile Vakil who is in hospital and her family is in trauma. The woman has lost three front teeth and suffered injuries on her left hand and nose. “Doctors have told us that we will have to pay a little over Rs 1 lakh for the treatment. We expect compensation from the person who injured my sister, at the earliest,” Desai said.
Speaking to smd an eyewitness to the incident said, “I was walking behind the girl while crossing the road. She had a phone in her hand but was not speaking on the phone. While crossing, a car coming off the flyover knocked her down. But the driver stopped the vehicle and a woman sitting in the car came out and immediately took the girl to the hospital along with a traffic police constable who was present at the spot.”
Officials from Traffic Department said that the woman was immediately taken to Poddar hospital. When smd visited the hospital on Saturday, a police constable at the hospital said, “The victim was brought here with injuries to her nose and hands. The doctors wanted to admit her at the hospital but her mother took her to Dombivli, where they have their family doctor,” he added.