Accord driver speeding the wrong way kills 2
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.
The Accord then hit a stationary BMW car parked opposite The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf located at the mouth of Cross Road 35. Occupants of the BMW had entered the cafe minutes ago and escaped injury. Barmare then hit biker Mahesh Ajwani (45), who was entering Cross Road 35 after dropping his son off at a nearby school, before coming to a stop. The diamond merchant living in Bandra was thrown off and suffered serious injuries as his head hit the road. He was declared dead upon admission at Bhabha Hospital, police said.
"Barmare was speeding on a one-way and lost control. We have charged him under IPC sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). Eyewitnesses told us Barmare hit two other people near China Gate restaurant and was trying to escape," said Mangesh Pote, senior inspector, Khar police station.
XUV owner Dilip Purohit, who works at a workshop in Amarsons complex, said he was inside when the accident occurred. "I heard loud crashing noises and rushed out. A few people across the road and I rushed the autorickshaw driver and the biker to Bhabha Hospital but they died before they could be treated," he said.