Bandra hit-and-run: Cops lodge FIR, hunt on for biker who knocked down woman

  • Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 06, 2015 22:38 IST

A day after Hindustan Times reported that a woman was knocked down and left bleeding at one of the busiest junctions in Bandra, an FIR has been registered against the unidentified biker.

The Bandra police will record the statement of the traffic constable on duty at the time of the accident.

“We have contacted the victim. A case against the biker has been registered for rash driving and causing grievous hurt. We will check the CCTV footage from the area to establish the biker’s identity,” said Ramchandra Dhawale, senior inspector, Bandra police station.

On Wednesday, 59-year-old Hilda Machado was walking home from the Bandra station around 7.30pm, when a biker knocked her down at the Lucky Hotel junction and sped away.

Even as Machado lay injured on the busy road, hordes of motorists passed by, without helping her. Some minutes later, a 20-year-old college student finally stopped her scooter and with the help of two other women, took Machado to the Bhabha hospital, Bandra (West). One of the eye-witness told HT, “A traffic police constable was posted at the junction but he was busy clearing the traffic and did not help the victim.”

Machado has suffered a severe head injury and injuries on her ribs. Her family has shifted her to the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra, where she is recuperating. The police have recorded her statement.

Machado stays with her older brother Stanny, 76, and his wife in Bandra (West). She is unmarried and works at a security agency in Thane.

Stanny said Machado always takes a bus from the station for their house, but on Wednesday, decided to walk as she had some shopping to do along the way.

“I am very happy that a Good Samaritan has helped her. May God help the three girls for saving my sister’s life. I cannot express my gratitude towards them in words,” Stanny said, sitting at his sister’s bedside in the hospital.

Traffic constable ignored victim?
The Lucky Hotel junction, located near Bandra railway station, is one of the busiest junctions in the area. At least two traffic police constables are always posted at the junction. On Wednesday, when a biker hit Hilda Machado, a constable was deployed there but failed to catch the motorist, or help her. When HT contacted DCP Panjabrao Ugale, traffic (western suburbs), he promised to look into the matter.

City’s apathetic ways
May 2015
: Techie Archana Pandya , 22, died after she was hit by a vehicle on the Western Express Highway in Goregaon (East). Pandya was lying on the road bleeding, but no one stepped forward to take her to the hospital. Three weeks after the accident, the police have made no breakthrough in the case

January 2015: A 27-year-old man was mowed down while he was crossing the road as a speeding motorist hit him in Goregaon (East). The motorist, suspected to be a taxi driver, hit the man and fled without getting him medical help

October 2014: A BMW driver ran over a 55-year-old pedestrian near the Western Express Highway in Kandivli (East). After evading the police for over a month, the businessman was finally arrested from Chennai. The victim, Rasoram Kanojia, was walking by the road when the businessman hit him and fled

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