TWENTY-YEAR-OLD ALISTAIR Perreira, allegedly drunk, lost control of his car early Sunday morning on Mumbai's Carter Road in Bandra and drove over people sleeping on the pavement, killing six of them and injuring nine.
Perreira was returning home from a party at the Taj Lands End with five friends at 3:30 am. All six occupants of the car "were completely drunk", senior police inspector Shivaji Kolekar told the Hindustan Times, a claim later established by medical tests. "Perreira was probably too drunk to see right," he added.
The dead included a young boy and a little girl. Perriera's car - a black Totyota Corolla -ran them over at some speed. Migrants from Andhra Pradesh, they belonged to a cluster of families who worked for daily wages at a construction site nearby.
A Khar police patrol van happened to be around when the accident occurred. It reached the spot moments after the accident and arrested three of the car's occupants, including Perriera. Three other occupants, including a 20-year-old college student, fled. They were later arrested from their homes.
The Toyota (MH-01 R-580) has been seized by Khar police. Its damaged condition is an indication of how horrific the accident was. The front is completely smashed, both tyres mangled and windscreen cracked.Perriera, a production engineer who works with his father, has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which has a maximum jail term of 10 years.
The holiday magistrate court has remanded him in police custody till November 14. His five friends - Craig Perreira (18), Kenroy Jacob (21), Curt Delima (20), Marvin Pinto (19) and Ronela Santamayu (20) - were granted bail on a surety of Rs 5,000 each. In 2002, actor Salman Khan's vehicle had allegedly hit a bakery at Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping outside. Currently, Khan is out bail and the trial is going on.
A couple of years ago, the car of Puru Raaj Kumar, son of the late actor, allegedly ran five people over, killing three and seriously injuring the other two. Ahishek.email@example.com