A 50-year-old man breathed his last at VN Desai hospital within minutes of undergoing treatment after he was knocked down by a speeding vehicle on the Western Express Highway (WEH) on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Mistrilal Harijan.
According to officers from Vakola police station, the accident occurred at 9.40 pm on the northbound stretch of the WEH, opposite Davri Nagar gate no 5. Harijan was crossing the road with his younger sister Siyama (45), when he was run over by a motorist who fled the spot. He lived in Davri Nagar with his brother and undertook jobs involving furniture polishing. Cops said they are now seeking help of the eyewitnesses to trace the accused. They refused to divulge registration details of the vehicle, stating that investigation was underway.
“We are going to scrutinise footage recorded by the CCTV cameras installed on the entire stretch of the WEH, and have also got leads on the make of the car from the eyewitnesses and Siyama. The accused is yet to surrender,” said the investigating officer.
A case has been registered at the Vakola police station against the unidentified driver have registered a case under section 304A (death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 134 A and B of the Motor Vehicles Act for fleeing from the spot without rendering help to the victim.