Falling tree kills woman

Jun 29, 2012, 07:00 IST | Veda Ramaswamy

The torrential downpours have just begun in the city, and the monsoon menace has already claimed its first victim. Ashwini Satpute (24), lost her life in a tree-falling incident at Ganpatrao Kadam Marg in Lower Parel.

“Around 11 am, she was on her way to work at Marathon Tower, accompanied by a friend. While her friend stopped for a snack, she decided to walk ahead. It was raining and suddenly a strong gust of wind blew by and a tree fell on her,” mourned Suresh Satpute, the victim’s father. 

Crushed: As a strong gust of wind blew by, the tree fell on the victim. Pic/Sunit Mehta

Her friend and bystanders rushed her to KEM hospital. “She was brought here in a critical state, and she succumbed to her injuries at 12.45 pm,” said Dr Pravin Bangar.

An accidental death report has been registered at NM Joshi Marg police station. “We are yet to visit the accident spot. Only after our inspection can we comment whether the tree was on BMC or private land,” said PSI Dattatray Sanab. 

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