Seven people, including two minor girls, were injured after a 79-year-old doctor lost control of her car in Andheri (East) and hit a motorcycle, a scooter and a 50-year-old pedestrian recently.
Police officers said Dr H Rebello and the pedestrian Sobha Jain have been kept on a ventilator in private hospitals at Bandra and Ghatkopar.
Rebello, who previously worked at Sion hospital and lives in Bamanwadi on Andheri-Sahar Road, was on her way to church around 7am on Thursday when the incident occurred.
After preliminary investigations, the police said one of Rebello’s car tyres (a Hyundai Santro) burst because of which she lost control opposite Suba Hotel at Sahar Road. She first hit 36-year-old Rocky Menthero’s scooter. He was on his way to drop his 14-year-old daughter and her 15-year-old friend to school. The three sustained minor injuries.
The car then hit another bike being driven by Mahendra Kelkar, 40. Suhas Awate, 38, was riding pillion. They were on their way to Ghatkopar from their office at Vile Parle. Both sustained minor injuries as well.
The car then went veered on to a footpath and hit Jain. Jain lives in Bhayander and was going to meet her daughter. Initially, she was admitted in Cooper hospital, but was later shifted to a private hospital.
After the incident, passersby informed the police control room and later a team from the Vile Parle police station rushed to the spot.
“The exact reason is not clear, but after looking at the car’s condition and taking eyewitness statements, it appears one of the car’s tyres burst because of which the doctor lost control,” said police sub inspector Ramrao Sardesai of the Vile Parle police station.