Five youth were killed in a road accident when the Honda City they were travelling in veered out of control and crashed into a tree on the Western Express Highway (WEH) in Mumbai’s Vile Parle (East) on Thursday morning.
According to the Vile Parle police, the incident took place around 5 am, about 200 to 300 metres away from the flyover near the Santacruz airport terminal on the southbound stretch of the WEH.
“It seems like the driver was speeding as the roads are empty at that time of the day. He must have lost control. The car brushed into the footpath and after skidding for 10 to 20 metres it crashed into a tree along the road,” said a police official .
Three of the dead have been identified as Muzammil Makhtur Kanojia, 22, Rashida Yusuf Shaikh, 25 and Junaid Fakir Soni,22. The Aadhar and PAN cards found with the victims helped the police identify them. The identities of other male victims are being ascertained.
Muzammil and Junaid were residents of Mira-Bhayander and Rashida was from Mumbai Central.
Blood samples of the accident victims were taken to ascertain if it was a case of drunk driving.