Three drink-driving accidents killed two people in the suburbs on Monday.
In Santacruz (West), a Mercedez Benz hit two autorickshaw drivers, sending one of them to the ICU. In the same area, a joyride for four friends turned tragic after their car hit the divider, killing one of them.
A third drink-driving mishap occurred in Vile Parle (East). A 22-year-old biker, under the influence of alcohol, crashed into a divider on Milan flyover while trying to evade a police nakabandi.
In the accident involving the Mercedez Benz, the police said the driver, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, lost control of his vehicle around 5.30am at Juhu and crashed into two autorickshaw drivers standing on the side of the road. “Instead of rendering help to the victims, the Benz driver sped away from the spot but passersby chased the car and stopped it. They also alerted us and we reached the spot,” said a police officer. Imran Bhatkar, 27, a driver by profession, was arrested and has undergone a medical test top confirm if he was drunk.
One of the autorickshaw drivers, Buchra Akruti, 27, suffered head injuries and has been admitted to the ICU of a government hospital, the police said. The other autorickshaw driver Vishnu Sawant, 28, fractured his leg.
Not far away, four friends were travelling in a WagonR from Juhu Chowpatty towards Andheri around 5pm.
“The car was speeding and the driver lost control and crashed into a divider and the car overturned,” said a police officer from Santacruz police station.
One of the occupants, Vijay Jadhav, 48, who was sitting next to the driver on the front seat, died of internal head injuries. Two others seated at the back suffered minor injuries. An official said Jadhav did not have any visible injuries, but he was bleeding from his ears due to the internal head injury. “He was rushed to nearby Cooper hospital but was declared dead on admission,” said the police officer.
Meanwhile, in Vile Parle (East), Dhanajaykumar Laxman Prasad Gautam, 22, had borrowed a motorcycle from his friend to take his cousin Ramesh Prasad Gautam, 24, to Juhu beach from their Vile Parle residence.
The police said both brothers got drunk at home and were moving towards Juhu beach. While on Milan flyover, they spotted a police nakabandi and took a U-turn from a gap on the bridge. In an attempt to evade the police, the speeding bike crashed into the divider. Dhanajaykumar, who was not wearing a helmet, died of head injuries, the police said.