Thane: Driver loses control as car skids on dog blood, two die
Two of three photographer friends died on the spot, while the third was seriously injured on Tuesday, when the car they were travelling in, met with an accident on the highway near Shahpur in Thane district
Shirish Gunhalkar owned the car and was driving it. Pic/Hanif Patel
Two of three photographer friends died on the spot, while the third was seriously injured yesterday, when the car they were traveling in, met with an accident on the highway near Shahpur in Thane district. Police said the driver lost control of the car which skid over blood from a dog killed on the highway. The photographers, Shirish Gunhalkar, 35, (he was driving), Manoj Sharma, 49, and Sanket Tiwari, 45, were on their way to meet the organisers of a wine festival in Nashik.
Police said as they neared Shahpur, Gunhalkar saw a dog lying in a pool of blood, but he could not control the car, which skid on it and fell about 20 feet below the highway. Gunhalkar survived as he was wearing a seat belt. Sharma and Tiwari who were not wearing seat belts, were thrown out. A few locals rushed them to a nearby hospital. Sharma and Tiwari were declared dead before arrival, while Gunhalkar's condition is critical.
According to police sources, after the car skid, its central locking system got unlocked, and all the doors opened. The trio were close friends. Sharma worked with Indian Railways and was recently transferred to Ajmer. He and Tiwari, who was his brother-in-law, were residents of Vasai while Gunhalkar stayed at Nalasopara. Tiwari had got the contract for photography for the festival which is going to be organised next month in Nashik, and they were travelling in Gunhalkar's car.
"Two passengers died while the driver of a car was seriously injured in an accident which took place today near Khardi village near Shahpur. The driver has been admitted in the local government hospital at Shahpur. We have registered a case under Sections 304(a) (death by negligence), 279 (rash driving), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life) of the IPC against the driver of the car. Further investigation is on," said Police Inspector Mahesh Shetey of Shahpur police station.
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