Two students on a scooter died in a freak accident at Sion on Thursday morning after the driver of a double-parked car allegedly opened a door of his vehicle, forcing the scooter rider to swerve out of the way.
He lost control and the two young men were struck by a speeding bus travelling in the opposite direction.
According to the Sion police, the victims are Kushal Omprakash Yadav and Shravan W Borana, both 20 years old and residents of Antop Hill.
The accident took place on the road opposite Champalal estate building in Sion (West) around 8.30 am when Yadav and Borana, both second-year commerce students at Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering, were on their way to college.
Borana was riding the Activa while Kushal was the pillion rider.
When they reached the road opposite Champalal estate building, an unidentified man in the driver’s seat of a parked sedan suddenly opened a door of the vehicle, the police said.
The sedan was double-parked and thus very close to passing vehicles.
The police suspect Yadav lost his balance while trying to avoid the door, causing his Activa to swerve to the right.
A speeding school bus travelling in the opposite direction crashed into the scooter, leaving Yadav and Borana with grievous injuries.
The police took them to hospital, but they succumbed to their head wounds.
“The car driver fled from the spot while the school-bus driver Nilesh Laate, 30, was placed under arrest. He narrated to us the sequence of events that led to the accident. We are looking for an eyewitness,” said a police officer from Sion police station.
The police registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 134 (a) (b) of the Motor Vehicles Act for fleeing the spot instead of helping the victims.