Junaid Soni, 22, one of the five youngsters who died as their speeding Honda City crashed into a tree on the Western Express Highway (WEH) in Vile Parle on Thursday morning, was the sole breadwinner of his family.
Soni, a driver, lived with his mother and a younger brother. His mother is a homemaker, while Soni’s brother Sahil is a Class 12 student. Waiting to collect the body at the post-mortem centre, Sahil was numb. His cousin, Shoaib Khan, told HT, “Please give a message through your newspaper to youngsters. See how their families suffer permanently because of their acts. Please avoid rash and negligent driving. Learn from this incident.”
Junaid’ mother, who was seated in the ambulance, was inconsolable when her son’s body was placed next to her.
Imran, uncle of driver Muzammil Makhnojia, 22, who died in the accident, said, “He had become very religious over the past few months. He prayed five times a day and took up religious activities in the area.”
Muzammil has an elder brother and a mother. His father passed away a decade ago. He has three sisters, all of whom are married. His brother, who was on a holiday in Rajasthan returned within hours of getting the news.
Another victim, Afsar Ali, 22, lived in a chawl near LBS Marg in Sion. He is survived by his
parents, two sisters and a younger brother. His father runs a business. A family friend who had come to receive the body said,”Afsar was to take over his father’s work. His family is shattered. They had high hopes from their eldest son.”
‘Dilip didn’t tell us when he would return from the birthday party’
A day of celebration, Raksha Bandhan, turned into mourning for the Solankis, who live in a joint family at Mira Road, as they got news of their son Dilip’s death at 10am.
Dilip was among the five youngsters who died after their Honda City crashed into a tree on the Western Express Highway (WEH) in Vile Parle (East) on Thursday morning.
Dilip, 21, lived with his parents, brother Nilesh, 17, and a six-year-old sister Raveena. Dilip’s father Amraji has four brothers and all of them live together in Seema housing society in Kashimira.
Raveena and another cousin were waiting for Dilip to tie rakhi on his wrist. “For years, we celebrated all festivals together. We were to celebrate Raksha Bandhan together. We had told Dilip to stay away from friends and concentrate on the shop,” said a relative, speaking in Hindi.
“Dilip didn’t tell us when he would return. He just said he was going for a birthday party. When we came to our shop at 10am, local residents told us about the accident,” said his father’s uncle Kesaram Parikar.
Two years ago, Dilip started handling his father’s readymade clothes shop, while his father handled their another shop.