A 75-year-old man was killed after a speeding bike knocked him down at Charni Road on Saturday afternoon. The VP Road police are investigating the case to trace the biker who managed to escape from the spot.
The deceased, Dinanath Narayan Dhote, is a resident of Fanaswadi in Girgaon area. However, the police said Dhote had not been staying with his family and living on the streets for the past few days, said a police source.
According to the police, the road accident took place in the afternoon but the time of the accident is not clear.
“Dhote was probably crossing the road when the speeding biker knocked him down on the Duncan road at Charni Road (East). The person who took him to a hospital did not report the incident to us. The hospital then informed us about the accident. We are trying to find out who took him to hospital. There is a possibility that the accused biker who knocked him down might have taken him to the hospital and left,” said a police official privy to the investigation.
The police said they found a mobile number on a paper from his pocket. They called on the number which was of a relative. Dhote succumbed to head injuries at GT Hospital late on Saturday night.
An FIR has been registered against the unknown biker under sections 279 and 304 A of the Indian Penal Code for rash and negligent driving causing death and under section 134 A and B of the Motor Vehicles Act for escaping from the spot without rendering help to the deceased.
The police said they are confident of cracking the case with the help of newly installed CCTV cameras. They said an application has been made to the senior authorities to access the footage. They are also making queries with locals in the area to get leads in the case