A 28-year-old man from Airoli died while another man suffered severe injuries while trying to stop a moving truck that was escaping after hitting a two-wheeler on Thane-Belapur road on Wednesday evening.
According to the police, the truck hit a two-wheeler while taking a reverse on the busy road around 9.30 pm. The truck driver then had a fight with the owner of the two-wheeler. The deceased Amit Kadam, his friend Dnyaneshwar Deodhar, 28, and some other people accosted the driver and started interrogating him.
“The driver got scared and tried to run away in the truck. As the truck started moving, Kadam, Deodhar and the other people jumped into it from either sides of the cabin and tried to stop the heavy vehicle,” said C Katkar, senior police inspector of Rabale MIDC police station.
“The truck, however, did not stop. The driver was speeding away and hit a stationary bus at a distance. Kadam and Deodhar, who were hanging from the windows, then lost their balances and fell down. Both of them suffered severe injuries in the accident,” he said.
A few local residents rushed them to NMMC hospital in Vashi, but Kadam died there after sometime. Deodhar is still recuperating in the hospital. He is now reportedly out of danger.
“The truck driver fled the spot just after the accident. We nabbed him on Thursday afternoon, but have not arrested him so far. He will be arrested once we are done with the enquiries,” Katkar said.
The police delivered the deceased’s body to his family after post-mortem was conducted in NMMC hospital. The postmortem reports are yet to come.