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Car jumps signal, hits cop

mumbai Updated: Dec 10, 2009 02:06 IST
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A traffic police constable is battling for his life after being hit by a speeding Honda CR-V, which he was trying to flag down after it jumped a traffic signal near Santacruz on Tuesday night.

The driver, who escaped in his car, also fended off motorcyclists who tried chasing him, by making sharp turns and reversing his vehicle at high speed. The police said it happened near Milan subway junction at Santacruz, at around 9.45 pm, where constable Kisan Darade (39) was posted with constable Dinesh Avhad (40).

Avhad, the primary witness, said in his statement to the Santacruz police station that a white Honda came at high speed from the Vile Parle end of SV road.

It did not stop despite Avhad flagging it down. Darade then stood in its path hoping to stop it, but the car kept accelerating and hit Darade, who fell to the ground.

Motorcyclists and pedestrians who witnessed this tried chasing the car but the driver began a series of rash maneuvers to scare them off. “The car then fled from the scene,” said Assistant Police Inspector Vilas More of Santacruz police station.

A doctor and a nurse who were passing the scene at the time noticed Darade bleeding profusely, and got him admitted him to Nanavati hospital, where he is recuperating.

The vehicle number noted down by the witnesses turned out to be fake, police sources said. Investigators said the car was possibly stolen.

Kailash Sonawne, Darade’s nephew said: “The family is in a state of trauma. What my uncle did was in the line of duty. We want the accused to be caught and severely punished.”

Dumper rams into bike, 1 dead

A 25-year-old woman died and her husband was severely injured when a civic garbage dump truck knocked down their bike at Malad on Wednesday.

Police said it happened on the busy Link Road in the Bangur Nagar area at Malad. Gorai-based couple Vishal (29) and Yogita Kode (25) were headed home on their motorbike, when a municipal dumper brushed the bike from the rear. “Vishal lost his balance because of this and the bike came under the wheels of the dumper,” said Senior Police Inspector Maruti Telang of Bangur Nagar police station.

Witnesses said Yogita suffered severe injuries on her head, which she fell on. The dumper driver fled the scene. The police are hunting for him and have seized the dumper.

A police van passing by the spot around the time of the accident rushed the couple to Bhagwati Hospital at Borivli (W). Police said that while Yogita was declared dead before admission into the hospital, Vishal is in the Intensive Care Unit.

Witnesses said the accident led to a major traffic bottleneck on the busy road, which links the city with SV Road. The snarl lasted over 45 minutes, till the dumper and bike were taken away.

A relative in the family said: “The police told us that they (the victims) had suffered a minor accident. Only when we reached the hospital did we find out what had happened.”