In another drunken driving accident in the city, a 20-year-old man died in Powai early on Saturday, after ramming his motorcycle into a road divider in an inebriated state. His body was found 15 hours later.
Identified as Kareem Shaikh, the resident of Kamraj Nagar in Ghatkopar, was returning home from the Jogeshwari Vikroli Link Road, along with a female friend of the same age.
According to Powai police, Shaikh was driving at more than 100 kmph when he hit the divider, his motorcycle skidding across the flyover on Adi Shankaracharya Marg at Powai.
Passersby who spotted Shaikh’s friend at around 5 am rushed her to a hospital and informed the police, who reached the spot and found the bike but could not locate Shaikh anywhere nearby.
Shaikh’s family began looking for him after he failed to return home until Saturday morning. All they managed to learn was that he had been with his female friend at the time of the accident.
Senior Police Inspector Ashok Jadhav of the Powai police station said: “Shaikh’s family approached us and told us he hadn’t returned home. We sent a team to search for him on Saturday, but he wasn’t to be found anywhere near the spot where the bike was found.”
Jadhav said the search continued through the day, until the team spotted a shoe near the divider more than 30 feet from where the bike was found. “When we checked there, we spotted Shaikh’s body inside the gap between the divider late on Saturday night,” he added.
The Powai police initially registered it as an accidental death, but later filed rash and negligent driving, and drunken driving cases against Shaikh.