A senior citizen was knocked down by a 19-year-old collegian in Elphinstone on Sunday evening and later succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital. The 79-year-old was crossing the road when the speeding youth collided into him. Dadar police arrested the accused identified as Aditya Thakur, who was later released on bail from the court. However, police could not ascertain the victim’s identity at the time as they did not find any documents on his person.
The deceased, Gunaji Jadhav, was a retired officer in the BMC’s license department. Jadhav resided with a joint family at Parel. A family member said, “Even after retirement, he was popular among his colleagues as he regularly visited the office. He enjoyed watching dramas and was a regular visitor at the drama hall in Prabhadevi.”
On Sunday evening, Jadhav left his home as usual, carrying only his walking stick and a few documents in his pocket. According to a police officer from Dadar police station, Jadhav was crossing the road near the signal on Elphinstone Bridge when Thakur was on his way home back on his bike. When Jadhav was crossing the road near the footpath, Thakur knocked down Jadhav, dragging him for a few meters before he was thrown off the bike. Police believe that Thakur was riding his bike at a high speed.
Thakur was arrested on the spot and pedestrians along with the police rushed Jadhav to KEM hospital. However, Jadhav was declared dead at 10 pm, suffering multiple fractures in his legs, hips and severe head injuries.
A family member said, “As he did not return early, we thought he had gone to watch a drama along with his friends. However, when he did not return till late in the night, we got worried and started searching for him in the vicinity. We even inquired with his friends, but they said he never came there.”
On Monday morning, the police recovered Jadhav’s ID card from the spot, which had fallen out of Jadhav’s pocket due to the impact. His relative added, “It was only the next morning that we came to know about the accident, and we went to KEM hospital to take custody of the body.”
An officer from Dadar police station said, “Thakur was charged under Sections 279 (rash driving), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC.”