A 19-year-old was killed on Monday after he lost control of his bike while dodging a pothole and came under a speeding car.
The incident took place on the pothole-ridden Aarey Colony Road in Goregaon (east), which comes under the jurisdiction of the state’s public works department (PWD).
Motorists have to pay toll to use the road, which has been in a pathetic condition for weeks now. HT has been publishing stories on the state of city roads. In its July 21 edition, citizens had questioned authorities’ right to charge toll when roads were in such a sorry condition.
“It is not possible that the accident took place due to potholes. I visited Aarey road on Sunday and didn’t find big potholes. There were small potholes and work to fill them is on,” said BB Lohar, chief executive engineer, PWD.
The victim, Siddesh Dhake, a resident of Ghatkopar, was on his way to college in Goregaon where he was studying animation. “Dhake was driving at high speed and lost control when he tried to avoid a pothole. He was flung off the bike and fell on the road when an Indica from the opposite direction ran over him,” said Laxman Tonpe, senior police inspector, Aarey police station.
Passers-by called the police, who rushed Dhake to Bhagwati hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The police arrested Gagandeep Dham, 33, the Indica’s driver, who, Tonpe said, did not try to flee from the spot.
Dham, who works with an engineering firm, was not driving under the influence of alcohol, the police found after medical examination. He will be produced in court on Tuesday.