A 35-year-old sales executive, who was riding his motorbike without a helmet, was killed after being hit by a speeding Honda City car at Vile Parle (East) on the Western Express Highway (WEH) on Sunday morning.
The 22-year-old driver of the sedan was arrested for causing death due to negligence, said a police official.
According to the Vile Parle police, the deceased, Rashid Shaikh, a resident of Azgar Ali Compound in Vakola, Santacruz (East), was working with a private firm. The incident occurred around 6.30 am on Sunday when he was riding the motorbike on the northbound stretch of the WEH, on his way to visit a relative at Mira Road.
"Just after Rashid crossed the Hanuman Road bus stop on the highway, a speeding Honda City hit his motorbike from the rear. He was thrown off the bike because of the impact of the collision and fell on his head," said an official from the Vile Parle police.
Rashid was rushed to Criticare Hospital in Andheri (West) where he was declared dead on arrival. He had suffered excessive blood loss from his nose and ears because of severe internal injuries, the police said.
The driver of the car, Sufiyan Ashraf Shaikh, a resident of Nerul, was arrested immediately and was booked under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. Sufiyan was subjected to a medical test to ascertain if he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
“His preliminary report has revealed that he was not drunk. However, a final confirmation will be available only once his medical reports arrive," the official said. The mangled sedan has been seized for inspection by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to determine if the accident occurred due to a mechanical failure.