A 29-year-old call centre employee died when he lost control of the car he was driving, hit an electric pole and crashed into a milk booth near Kirti College at Dadar on early Friday morning.
The Shivaji Park police said Rohit Sunil Khot was driving a Maruti Swift [MH04 DZ 8256]. A resident of Dadar, Khot had returned from Ganesh immersions on Thursday night when his brother Gaurav (25), who is a recovery agent in Pune, came to Mumbai with friends.
On Thursday night, Khot, Gaurav and the latter’s friends Alok Kolda (22), Arun Reddy (25) and Ravikant Singh (40), who owns the car, went out for dinner. Singh told the police all the men, except Khot, had consumed alcohol at Shivaji Park before going for a drive.
Witnesses said Khot was driving at around 140kmph. At 4.15am, when the car was speeding down Veer Savarkar Road, Khot reportedly lost control of the vehicle. The car climbed the footpath near Kirti College, hit a tree and an electric pole and then crashed into an Aarey milk booth. Witnesses said Khot’s car was racing with another Swift when the accident occurred although the police are yet to corroborate this.
“We were driving past on a motorcycle when we saw the car hit the stall,” said Prashant Thakur, a witness. “We sped ahead to alert the policemen on duty and called the fire brigade control room. A few minutes later, the fire brigade arrived and cut open the car’s doors to rescue the occupants.”
Khot’s uncle, Sandeep, said Gaurav is in shock and does not know that his brother died in the accident. “Every time Gaurav gains consciousness for a few seconds, he asks for his brother, but we have not told him about Rohit’s death fearing his condition,” Sandeep said. “Arun Reddy is also critical and is on ventilator.”
The Shivaji Park police have registered a case of rash driving and death due to negligence against Khot. “We sent his body for postmortem to find out whether he had consumed alcohol,” police inspector S Tarde said.