Diamond merchant, auto driver killed after Accord hit
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The merchant was returning after dropping son at school.
Mahesh Ajwani, a 45-year-old diamond merchant, killed after a speeding Honda Accord hit his bike on Linking Road on Wednesday morning was returning home after dropping his son at a Pali Hill convent school, the police said.
Ajwani was on Cross Road number 30 when his bike was hit by Mubeen Barmare's Accord outside The Coffee Bean and The Tea Leaf. The impact threw him off the bike and his head struck the road on landing. Passersby rushed him to Bhabha Hospital where he was declared dead, the police said.
Besides his 5-year-old son, Ajwani is survived by his wife, an 18-year-old daughter, and his mother who is paralysed.
Ajwani has recently shifted to an apartment on the 15th street in Bandra. A former neighbor, who did not wish to be named, said, "The family had shifted a few months ago to a bigger house nearby. Rash driving is a menace in Bandra. Motorists regularly flout traffic rules and police look the other way. The driver of the Accord must be given strict punishment."
Another man who died in the crash, Chandrakant Tupe, had just dropped a passenger, Mandakini Mode- who was also injured- at Amarsons junction at 9.05 am when the Accord came tearing out of Cross Road number 35, the police said.
The 45-year-old autorickshaw driver had no chance of surviving the crash, according to eyewitnesses. Tupe's autorickshaw was the first vehicle in the chain of five the Accord rammed into before coming to a stop. The right side of autorickshaw was smashed. The key was still in the ignition. "Tupe had just stopped to drop a passenger and had no chance of escaping the path of the Accord," said another autorickshaw driver.
Tupe's nephew Prakash Shelar reached Khar police station on Wednesday afternoon to reclaim Tupe's belongings. "We were informed around 10 am he had been in an accident, but he was dead by the time we reached the hospital," he said.
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