The new year started on a tragic note for the Naikre family from Pune after Vijay Naikre, 42, and his wife Shashikala, 37, were killed in an accident on the Sion-Panvel highway at Nerul on Sunday.
Four others were injured in the accident. They have been identified as Meenal Kamble, 36, Ekta Borade, 12, Dwarka Borade, 35, and Yatish Baghude, 45.
All have been admitted to DY Patil Hospital in Nerul. Police said Meenal and Ekta are in a critical state.
The accident occurred at 2.30pm on the flyover at LP junction in Nerul as the Naikres and their friends were returning to Pune from Bhayander, where they had gone to attend a function.
Assistant police inspector (traffic) Sudarshan Nikam said, “Vijay Naikre was driving an Omni and his wife was sitting next to him. As the car approached the flyover, a dumper truck hit their vehicle from the rear. Due to the impact, the Omni crashed into a trailer that was in front of it.”
“The Omni was completely crushed. Vijay and his wife were killed on the spot. The vehicle was so badly damaged that we had to cut through its mangled remains to get the deceased and the injured out,” Nikam added.
The driver of the dumper truck fled from the spot, leaving his vehicle behind. On the other hand, the driver of the trailer did not stop and fled in his vehicle.
“Since the dumper truck is registered in Navi Mumbai, we will not have a problem in tracing the driver. The owner of the dumper truck will certainly come to get back his vehicle, which has been seized. We also want to confirm if the trailer had stopped or suddenly slowed down on the flyover and are looking for the trailer’s driver.”
Commenting on what caused the accident, Nikam said, “The drivers of all three vehicles involved in the accident had erred. It appears that the Omni had not maintained a safe distance from the trailer ahead.”