Passenger of auto rammed by BMW dies

BMW owner Aarti Santosh Shetty (37), who had rammed an autorickshaw at around 4 am on Thursday driving drunk, was booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder on Friday after a 45-year-old woman auto passenger injured in the mishap died in the morning.

Mobina Zahira Syed, who was travelling with family, was a Kurla resident. She succumbed to head injuries at KEM Hospital. Her husband Mohammed Hussain Syed (48) and elder son Mohammed Raza (21), who were also severely injuried in the accident, underwent surgeries on Friday evening and are unaware of her death.

Relatives of the deceased said the family was on its way to Nerul to perform last rites of Syed's father-in-law, who had died due to a heart attack at around 3 am on Thursday, when the mishap occurred.

"We did not know this journey would be Mobina's last," said close relative Abdul Qadir, who was on his way to KEM Hospital.

Syed heard his father had died and called family friend and rickshaw driver Nasir Hussain Syed (30).

Nasir of Lalji Colony in Mankhurd was carrying the family to Nerul when the BMW hit his auto near Sion-Panvel, reducing it to a mangled heap.

"I used to earn Rs 10,000 a month from the rickshaw," the injured driver said.

Nasir said he had drawn a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh to buy the rickshaw three years ago and was repaying Rs 5,500 to the bank every month.

"It will be difficult for me now to repay the loan," he said from his Rajawadi Hospital bed.

Police said Aarti, wife of businessman Santosh Shetty, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

She has been also booked under IPC sections 279 (rash driving) and 338 (grievous hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety of others) and section 185 (drunk driving) of Motor Vehicles Act.

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