On Thursday, the RCF police recreated the route that Janhavi Gadkar took on the Eastern Freeway early on Tuesday morning, when she crashed her Audi into a taxi, killing two people and injuring four others. Gadkar told the police had ended up on the wrong side of the freeway as she was too drunk to navigate the road correctly.
On Wednesday, Sangramsinh Nishandar, deputy commissioner of police, zone 6, had travelled the entire route to recreate the incident. To nail down the precise details of her journey, the RCF police – accompanied by Gadkar and a few witnesses – travelled the route again on Thursday and recorded the statements of Gadkar and the witnesses to recreate the scene. The police will include this reconstruction in the evidence they submit in court.
They said Gadkar ascended the freeway on the correct side and drove up to up to Panjarpol. “At Panjarpol, there is a circle that connects six roads. Janhavi took a wrong turn and ended up heading back towards south Mumbai. When she realised that she was going the wrong way, she took a U-turn in the same lane and started driving towards oncoming traffic,” said a senior police officer. Janhavi drove for two to three kilometres before crashing into the taxi at Shivaji Nagar. “She was too drunk to realise she was driving on the wrong side,” said the officer.
He added, “We are investigating all her claims and checking all CCTV footage from Marine Plaza to Wadi Bunder (there are no CCTV cameras on the freeway). We are trying to gather more evidence to strengthen our case and also cross-checking the discrepancies in her statements.”