Two persons died and two others sustained serious injuries in two separate road mishaps that took place on the Western Express Highway near Vile Parle within a span of two hours.
In the first incident, the driver of a Mahindra Logan crashed his car into three workers who were changing the two rear wheels that had gone flat. “The driver of the Logan had dozed off, which led to the mishap,” said Narayan Patil, senior inspector of Vile Parle police station.
According to the police, the incident took place around 12.50am on Wednesday near Mantri Marble Shop located on the Western Express Highway in Vile Parle (East). The rear wheels of the tempo had gone flat. Three occupants of the tempo, Rajesh Pashi, 27, Ram Pyare Pashi and Ashok Yadav got out of the vehicle and were fixing the wheels when Subodh Kumar alias Sappu Mohanlal Saroj, 24, who was driving the Logan hit the trio.
While Rajesh died on the spot, Ram and Ashok sustained grievous injuries and were taken to VN Desai Hospital where they are undergoing treatment.
Subodh admitted that he lost control of the vehicle as he dozed off at the steering wheel and by the time he opened his eyes the vehicle had hit the three men,” Patil added.
Subodh has been booked for causing death due to rash and negligent driving.
In the second incident, the Vile Parle police arrested a truck driver Durai Swami Kavandar, 25, after his vehicle crashed into a motorbike killing the rider, Avdesh Gautam, 25, on the spot.
The incident took place around 2.50pm on Tuesday when Gautam, a resident of Kalachowkie, was heading north. Kavandar hit the vehicle from the rear due to which Gautam was thrown off and landed on the ground, head first. He sustained grievous injuries on his head.
The other motorists rushed him to VN Desai Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
“Kavandar has been booked for causing death due to negligence. He was not under the influence when the incident took place,” Patil added.