Speeding driver lands pregnant lady in ICU

Apr 07, 2012, 07:10 IST | Aditya Hariharan

A young couple may be denied the joy of seeing their unborn child, as a woman who is six months pregnant was struck by a speeding car, while crossing the road in Juhu yesterday morning

22-year-old Reena Ram Kutekar sustained grievous injuries to her head, and a doctor who initially treated her at Cooper Hospital stated that they were ‘making her life a priority over the foetus’, as she was in a very critical state.

A shop owner said the road near Juhu police station where the tragedy occurred is notorious for speeding, as cars don’t slow down near the zebra crossings

Kutekar’s husband and niece were with her, when the tragedy occurred close to Juhu police station. Cops said the tragic incident occurred at around 7.45 am, when a blue Hyundai Santro moving in the direction of SV Road rammed into her.

“The victim was hit opposite the petrol pump. The husband did not note down the licence plate number of the car. Hence, we are yet to establish the identities of the occupants,” said A C Khopkar, sub-inspector at Juhu police station.

Cops said the driver and the co-passenger took the trio to Nanavati Hospital, Vile Parle (W). Then on the pretence of filling out a case form in the hospital, they left promising to return immediately. But, they did not show up. The husband then rushed Reena to the nearby civic-run Cooper Hospital.

Cooper Hospital records indicate that Reena was brought in at 8:50 am. After conducting CT scans and X-rays, doctors at Cooper Hospital told her panic-stricken family that they did not have the facility to treat her injury.

“Internal bleeding is putting a lot of pressure on her brain, and pushing it into the skull,” said the on-duty doctor at Cooper Hospital.

“We do not have a neurosurgeon to deal with her condition, so we have recommended that she be transferred. She is in need of immediate surgery to relieve the pressure to her brain.

I cannot comment on her chances of survival,” he said. “We have registered a case against unknown persons under Sections 279 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code,” said Khopkar. 

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