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Car driver was speeding: cops

Karishma Balaji Rao, 21, whose car injured seven people in an accident on Monday morning in Juhu, was speeding according to the police. Rao told the police that she had been driving, “at a constant speed”.

mumbai Updated: Nov 08, 2011 01:22 IST
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Karishma Balaji Rao, 21, whose car injured seven people in an accident on Monday morning in Juhu, was speeding according to the police. Rao told the police that she had been driving, “at a constant speed”.

Eyewitnesses said that everything happened within seconds and that the Hyundai Getz car crashed into the victims even before they had time to react. Rafiq Shaikh, an eyewitness, said, “I was standing nearby when the car came speeding towards the tea stall. I did not think much about it at first, but then I saw the car crashing into three autorickshaws one after the other. One of the autos then rammed into the tea stall.” The car finally came to a halt after crashing into the pavement.

Another eyewitness said that the accident occurred because Rao suddenly swerved to the left to avoid a scooterist who was passing close to her.

Shamshul Haq, 25, one of the victims, told the police that he did not even notice the car coming towards him. By the time he saw it, he had been knocked down. The seven victims were rushed to Cooper Hospital where they are undergoing treatment.

Some of them have sustained multiple injuries. However, the injuries are minor and most of them will be discharged in a day or two, according to the police.

Three of the victims are autorickshaw drivers, three are pedestrians, and one was the scooterist, Sandhya Lokhande. Lokhande sustained minor injuries and has already been discharged from the hospital, according to the police.

The tea shop was completely damaged after one of the autorickshaws crashed into it.

Rao, a law student from a college in Vile Parle, told the police that though it was unfortunate that seven persons were injured, she considered herself and the victims lucky, as none of them had sustained grievous injuries.

Rao had gone to the domestic airport early on Monday morning to see off her father, who was to fly to Delhi.

After dropping off her father, an Oshiwara-based businessman, she was driving back home, when the accident occurred.

Rao, who was trapped in the car, had to be pulled out by locals.

She was arrested on charges of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving and will be produced in court on Tuesday.

Phone calls made to Rao’s residence went unanswered.