A McDonald’s delivery boy, who was on his way to deliver an order, crushed a 65-year-old man under his motorcycle at Cuffe Parade on Monday night.
The senior citizen, identified as Tukaram Lakshman Pawar, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning at St George hospital.
According to Cuffe Parade police, Kamlesh Gupta (21) was riding the fastfood chain’s motorcycle at 10.15pm on Monday when he hit Pawar, who was crossing the road at Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade.
In his statement to the police Gupta claimed that he could not see the road clearly as it was dark and the pedestrian appeared in front of him suddenly.
He added that he lost control of his motorcycle and hit the pedestrian.
“After the accident, Gupta rushed Pawar to St George Hospital,” Inspector Vilas Bhole from the Cuffe Parade police station said.
“On Tuesday early morning, Pawar succumbed to his injuries and we arrested Gupta on the charge of causing death due to negligence. He was produced in court on Wednesday and released on bail,” Bhole added.
The victim was a resident of Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade.
When asked whether the delivery boy was speeding to deliver on time, Bhole said that Gupta was not speeding but lost control of his vehicle due to the darkness.
According to Amrita Pai, spokesperson for McDonald’s India, “The signal at Badhwar Park was green, in favour of our rider [delivery boy]. The person without observing traffic rules for pedestrians came in the middle of the road, so our rider dipped the lights on him and honked,”
“The person still went ahead and it was too late for our rider to avoid collision. This happened at 10.15pm. We were later informed by the doctor that the person was ‘heavily drunk’,” she added.
She added that the rider immediately took responsibility and took him to St George hospital.
“At 3.30 am, the doctor informed us that person was no more and that since he was ‘heavily drunk’, medication had not helped,” said the McDonald’s spokesperson.