Four people died in three separate accidents that took place within 24 hours in the city. In the first accident on Wednesday night, a BEST bus mowed down two people and injured two at Malad (East).
In the second accident at Versova, a water tanker crashed into a 20-year-old newspaper delivery boy, killing him on the spot on Thursday morning.
In the third mishap, another BEST driver mowed down a pedestrian at Sion on Thursday morning.
The police said an unidentified rag picker and Devendra Barvekar, 31, a resident of Malad, were killed after a BEST bus driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a rag picker and then hit a stationary Tata Sumo and knocked down three pedestrians.
The incident took place around 8.30pm near Reliance Energy office on the Western Express Highway at Malad (East).
While the rag picker died on the spot, Barvekar died of his injuries while undergoing treatment at Bhagwati Hospital. Two others who were injured are Satish Chalkar, 31, and Raghunath Gavkar, 37. The driver of the BEST bus, Rashid Patel, also sustained injuries and is admitted at Bhagwati.
“We have booked Patel for causing death due to rash and negligent driving,” said Mohan Sankhe, senior inspector of Kurar police station.
The second accident took place around 7am at Andheri (West) when an empty water tanker was heading towards Seven Bungalows from Versova.
Mohamed Ansari, 25, was driving the tanker, while his cleaner Marriappa sat next to him, said the police.
Suresh Nalavade, senior inspector from Versova police station said at Yari Road, an autorickshaw which was in front of the of the tanker stopped suddenly.
Ansari, who was driving at high speed, lost control of the vehicle.
The tanker first hit Navnath Khadekar, 20, a newspaper delivery boy.
Following which the vehicle crashed into three shops and then came to a halt after breaking into the compound wall of a society. Khadekar, Ansari and Marriappa were rushed to Cooper Hospital where Khadekar, a resident of Versova, was declared dead on admission.
He sustained grievous head injuries. Ansari and Marriappa fractured their arms. Ansari was later shifted to KEM Hospital and has sustained grievous chest injuries. A case of death due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against Ansari.
The third accident took place around 6.45am on Thursday, when BEST bus driver Banishwar Bapu Bardhare, 58, was turning the bus at the Sion junction. Iqbal Shamshuddin Shaikh, 40, a resident of Dharavi, was crossing the road when the bus hit him.
Shaikh, who is a painter, was rushed to the Sion hospital where he was declared dead on the spot. Police inspector S Pawar said, “We arrested Bardhare on charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.”