The body of 12-year-old Deepak Patwa lay amidst scattered textbooks on MK Road at Marine Lines after an allegedly speeding taxi ran over him on Tuesday morning.
Deepak was crossing the road on his way home from a nearby park, where he had gone to study.
Deepak, a student of Class 7 of Marwadi Commercial High School, sustained head injuries and was declared dead when the police took him to GT Hospital.
The taxi driver Ramakant Pradhan (37) has been arrested. The police said Pradhan did not seem drunk at the time of the mishap.
“We have arrested Pradhan for rash and negligent driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder,” said Police Sub Inspector J Kondulkar of the LT Marg police station.
The accident occurred at around 8.30 am and hearing the noise, two policemen from the nearby LT Marg police chowky went to the spot. They saw Deepak bleeding and took him to G T hospital, where he was declared dead.
“By the time Pradhan saw the boy he could not control his vehicle and crushed Patwa,” said Kondulkar.
“This is a case of careless driving on the driver’s part. He did not look drunk when he was arrested, but we have sent his blood samples for testing nonetheless,” said Senior Police Inspector J.R. Sarmokadam, LT Marg police station.
Deepak lived with his mother and uncle at Fanaswadi on JSS Road. His parents had separated recently, and his father lives in Ambernath.
Four-year-old sleeping under truck dies
A four-year-old girl was killed after a truck, under which she was asleep, ran over her in Thane on Tuesday.
The Kapurbawdi police have arrested the truck driver Mohammed Khan (30) for causing death due to negligence and rash driving.
“The girl’s parents are daily-wage labourers and were digging the road for laying telephone lines. To protect Inia from heat, her parents made her sleep under the parked truck. The driver started the truck and ran over her. She died on the spot,” said Police Sub-Inspector Chandrakant Shirke.
In another incident, two senior citizens died on the spot after being hit by a Maruti Alto on Tuesday morning. The Kasarwadavli police are on the lookout for the driver.
“The deceased – Tanibai Patil (65) and Motibai Pawar (75) – were crossing Ghodbunder Road when they were hit by the car. Though the driver fled, we have the car’s number,”
Elderly woman run over in Kanjurmarg
A 71-year-old woman was killed and an elderly man was seriously injured after a Maruti Omni hit them in Kanjurmarg on Monday morning.
The driver of the van, Kevin Stephen Gomes (29) has been arrested on charges of negligence, rash driving and for causing grievous hurt. Gomes has been remanded in judicial custody.
The victims were identified as Shanti Vyas (71) and Ganpati Shenoy (57), who is in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Godrej hospital.
The incident, the Kanjurmarg police said, at Jai Amba Devi Temple on station road, when Vyas was watering the Tulsi plant outside the temple and Shenoy was leaving the premises.
“As Gomes had lost control of the van, instead of applying the brakes, he applied the accelerator and hit the two senior citizens,” said Assistant Police Inspector Jotiram Borate of Kanjurmarg police station.