A police vehicle on patrolling duty ran over a 34-year-old man, killing him at Vikhroli on Thursday morning.
The Bolero jeep from Parksite police station went on to hit a stationary tempo before coming to a halt. Two policemen in the jeep also sustained minor injuries.
The Parksite police arrested constable Kisan Darade, 49, who was driving the car.
Around 7.30am, Sachin Padwankar, a Kalwa resident and an executive with DHL logistics, was on his way to his office in Vikhroli (West). He was walking past the Hindustan Company bus stop when the police vehicle knocked him down. The jeep then hit a stationary tempo, which went crashing into a tree.
Qaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police, east region, claimed that the driver was trying to avoid hitting an autorickshaw. “The auto suddenly tried to overtake the jeep from the right, forcing the driver to swerve to the left. The car hit Padwankar, who was about to cross the road,” he said.
Raj Kumar Mishra, who was inside the tempo, said, “I was checking for some goods when something hit my tempo. When I came out, I saw Padwankar lying in a pool of blood. Three policemen jumped out of the car and within a matter of minutes took him to the hospital.”
Inspector A Revankar from Parksite police station said medical tests showed that Darade wasn’t under the influence of alcohol.
While Darade and inspector Shankar Bhore, who were sitting ahead, escaped unhurt, police naiks Yadavrao Gaikwad and Mansingh Dudhe sustained minor injuries to their head.
Padwankar was taken to the Rajawadi hospital. Gaikwad and Dudhe were treated at Fortis hospital.
Sanjay Patil, senior inspector, Parksite police, said, “Darade was booked for causing death by negligence, rash and negligent driving and other relevant sections of the IPC. He will be presented in court on Friday.” Patil said there was little chance of Darade being suspended as the accident was a “human error”.