A speeding Mercedes car injured four people, including a four-year-old boy, who were sleeping on a pavement in south Mumbai late on Thursday night, police said.
According to Pydhonie Police, 41-year-old Amin Yusuf Shaikh lost control of his friend’s vehicle as he took it for a joyride. He lost control after barely 200 meters as the car picked up speed and rammed into the vehicles parked near a divider at Colombo Junction near Crawford Market at around 12.15am.
The injured have been identified as Monira Shaikh, 25, Alisha Shaikh, 40, Rashida Shaikh, 25 and Rahul Shaikh, 4. They were sleeping next to the parked vehicles and were hit by them after the Mercedes rammed into them. Most of the injured are daily wage workers and from Assam. They were rushed to the JJ Hospital soon after the accident.
“Following the incident, Shaikh, a labour contractor, escaped from the spot and was arrested by a team of officials, including inspectors Mahesh Mugutrao and A Godse, from near JJ Hospital after 45 minutes. He feared getting thrashed after a crowd of around 1,500 people gathered at the spot and fled,” Sunil Kavlekar, senior inspector of Pydhonie Police station, said.
Officials added that except Monira, who sustained a fracture on her right shoulder, others were discharged after primary treatment. The police conducted a medical test on Shaikh and officials said that he was not drunk when the accident took place.
A case of rash and negligent driving and causing grievous hurt has been registered against Dongri resident Shaikh under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicle Act and further probe is underway. He was placed under arrest at around 4am and will be produced in a local court on Friday morning.