Accord driver speeding the wrong way kills 2


Bandra accident Loses control, hits an autorickshaw, Mahindra XUV 500, BMW & a bike; 2 injured.

A speeding and out of control Honda Accord rammed five vehicles on Linking Road in Bandra Wednesday morning, killing two and injuring two.

Driver Mubeen Barmare (38) was arrested and charged with culpable homicide and rash driving.

Police said he was not under the influence of alcohol and lost control as he emerged on Linking Road driving the wrong way on a cross road.

They said Barmare first hit an autorickshaw that had stopped outside Amarsons Shopping Center, crushing its right side and seriously injuring its driver Chandrakant Tupe (45), who was declared dead upon admission at Bhabha Hospital.

Mandakini Mode (45), who had alighted from the auto and was paying Tupe, suffered a back fracture and underwent a survery at Bhabha Hospital ICU.

Barmare is a personal driver of Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury, a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in India. The car belongs to PwC. On Wednesday morning, he was driving Chowdhury's wife Rehana Seedat, the legal head of Vodafone India, to her Worli office from their Pali Hill home. In the accident, Seedat suffered injuries to the shoulder and was admitted to Lilavati Hospital for treatment.

Airbags in the car saved Barmare but he was beaten up by passersby before police arrived. A medical examination at Bhabha Hospital revealed no trace of alcohol in his blood, police said.

He was produced before a magistrate at Bandra Court in the evening and remanded in police custody till February 18.

Police said the autorickshaw spun and crashed into a Maruti Swift Dzire headed to Khar from Bandra, damaging its bumper.

Barmare then hit a stationary Mahindra XUV 500 parked outside Amarsons. The XUV turned a circle and came to rest on the steps to the shopping complex. Its rear window and bumper were badly damaged, police said.

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