The Mumbai Traffic Police claim there were no drunk driving accidents this New Year’s Eve, but Hindustan Times found this is not true.
At 2.30 am on Friday, Dhaval Shah (27), a resident of Colaba, was driving an Innova, when he ran over three people at Flora Fountain.
The victims, workers of Dwarka restaurant at Fountain, suffered serious injuries but are reported out of danger.
The speeding car got on to the footpath and ran over them before hitting a fire hydrant.
The three, identified as Ahmed Khan (28), Kumar Gauda (25) and Jaju P (22), were rushed to GT Hospital, with fractures and other injuries.
“The car came speeding from the Stock Exchange road, with two men and a woman,” said Rajesh Kamath, owner of Dwarka.
“There were about 25 people asleep on the footpath. If the car hadn’t hit the fire hydrant, many more would have been injured.
The driver seemed drunk, he came zig-zagging towards the spot,” said Mansoor Umerdarvesh, owner of a watch repair shop nearby.
Sanjeev Kokil, senior police inspector at MRA Marg police station said they have registered a case and arrested the driver for rash driving and causing grievous hurt.
Asked about the possible influence of alcohol, Kokil said: “The driver and his companions were coming from a New Year’s Eve party. We have sent the driver’s blood samples for an alcohol test, I haven’t got the results yet.”