A 61-year-old man and his five-year-old grandson were killed, while the minor’s mother suffered minor injuries, when a 45-year-old businessman driving a Volkswagen crashed into them while they were crossing a busy junction in Jogeshwari (West) on Sunday night.
The deceased have been identified as Gorai resident Bhiku Polekar, 61, and his grandson Sartak Polekar, 5. Sartak’s mother suffered minor internal injuries while his grandmother escaped unhurt, according to the police.
The driver of the car has been identified as Indrajit Balachandra Nathoji, an ad film maker who lives at Yari Road in Andheri. According to the police, he was drunk at the time of the crash.
The incident took place at Anand Nagar junction at 10.15 pm, when the four were returning home from relative’s birthday party. When the car hit them, Sartak was thrown onto the windshield and suffered severe head injuries, while Bhiku suffered serious injuries to his head and leg, said a police source.
Sartak was pronounced dead on admission to Brahmakumari Hospital while his grandfather succumbed to his injuries during treatment. Their bodies have been sent to Cooper Hospital at Santacruz for a post mortem.
Nathojii had allegedly drunk wine at Goregaon (West) and was on his way back home when he crashed into the family. He allegedly tried to flee the spot but was caught by people in the area.
He was produced in a magistrate’s court in Andheri on Monday, where the police sought his custody, saying they needed to record his statement, send his blood samples to a forensic lab and his car to the RTO to check if it had suffered a mechanical failure.
Indrajit too suffered injuries in the crash and had to use to walking stick in court. He has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rash driving, driving drunk, and causing grievous hurt under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act. Senior police inspector Subhash Khanvilkar said, “He was under the influence of alcohol and knew his actions could lead to such an incident. We will check if he is a habitual offender.”