Two young pedestrian lost their lives while four others were injured in a road accident on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) near Seepz early Tuesday morning. Police said six women were crossing the road at Seepz bus stop to commute to their workplace in Seepz village at around 7 am, when a speeding car knocked them down. The deceased have been identified as Sangeeta Vaman (18), a resident of Unit-19 and Rekha Vanade (22), resident of Unit-22 of Aarey Colony.
According to the Aarey Milk Colony police, the women were in a hurry to cross the road in front of a BEST stop just as a bus was leaving the stop. “While crossing, they did not see the Indica car (MH04E 3091) approaching from the other side. Their view was blocked by the bus. The car was speeding and the driver lost control and crashed into the women. Four were thrown to the left side of the car, while two flew to the other side,” said a police officer.
“When the car stopped, some locals caught hold of the driver while others rushed the victims to the Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri (E) with help from the police. Two of the women died on the spot and were declared dead on arrival, while the others were admitted to the ICU,” he said.
While Sneha Santaram Wadekar (43) and Anupriya Rajprit (21) are still in the ICU, Manju Prabhakaran (20) and Jayaragini Mani Prakash (19) are out of danger, police said. Tejasveeni Pachpute, investigating officer of the case, said, “Anupriya has forehead injuries while Sneha has suffered injuries to both her legs. The bodies of the deceased have been handed over to their families after post-mortem.”
Prabhakaran said from the hospital, “Sangeeta and Rekha were walking ahead of us when they were suddenly hit by the car. A split second later the car crashed into us, throwing us off to the side of the road.” Sangeeta Vaman’s mother Laxmi said, “My daughter used to walk to her office every day. She would say she was earning so she could be a helping hand in the family. I can’t believe she is no more.” Her father works at the same company in the housekeeping department.
Driver didn’t brake
The Indica driver has been identified as Pravin Kanojia (25), a resident of Dahisar. “Kanojia had gone to the airport to drop two employees of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and was returning to the company when the incident occurred,” said Pravin Patil, deputy commissioner of police (Zone XII). Preliminary investigations revealed that Kanojia was sober at the time of the accident, but police are waiting for medical reports for confirmation. “The company had given the pick-and-drop service contract to Bhagirathi Travels for whom Kanojia works,” said Senior Inspector Uttam More of the Aarey Sub police station.
“There were no skid marks on the road, which proves that the driver did not attempt to hit the brakes and rammed straight into them. The RTO will be inspecting the vehicle to find out whether there was a technical fault,” said SI More. The accused has been booked under Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on public way), 304A (death due to negligence), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and under provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act.