Senior citizen run over by car

66-yr-old tried to cross the highway to get to Tagore Nagar and suddenly came in the car's path

A senior citizen was killed after being run over by a Honda City on Eastern Express Highway in Vikhroli Tuesday. Vikhroli police said the car driver was arrested.

According to the Vikhroli police, the deceased, Ramchandra Gikamade (66), was a resident of Kannamwar Nagar area in Vikhroli. He was on his way to Tagore Nagar when the accident occurred at around 11.20 am on Tuesday.

"The accused, Kaid Tambawala (42), was on his way to Navi Mumbai. Gikamade tried to cross the highway in order to get to Tagore Nagar and suddenly came in Tambawala's path. Tambawala has said he tried to swerve in order to avoid hitting Gikamade but did not get enough time," said Senior Police Inspector Mahipat Indalkar.

Tambawala, along with some other motorists who stopped after seeing the accident, rushed Gikamade to Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar. Gikamade was alive when he was admitted but succumbed to head injuries and vital organs two hours later, the police said.

The hospital authorities informed the Vikhroli police that an accident victim had died while under their care, and a team of policemen reached the hospital to make inquiries.

Tambawala was subjected to medical tests at Rajawadi Hospital, and was not found to be inebriated at the time of the accident.

Tambawala was subsequently taken to the police station and arrested. Indalkar said he was charged for rash driving as well as culpable homicide not amounting to murder under the Indian Penal Code and that he would be produced in court on Wednesday.

"There is a foot overbridge over the highway for pedestrians to use, which Gikamade should have used in order to get to his destination. However, he chose to cross the highway," he added.

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