Hit-and-run on WEH: Hunt on for vehicle that knocked down TCS employee

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 18, 2015 17:04 IST

Four days after the hit-and-run incident outside a police station on the Western Expressway Highway in which a 22-year-old woman died, the police are still clueless about the vehicle that knocked her down.

The police have appealed to the public to come forward and help them with details about the accident.

The Vanrai police said they have registered a case of causing death by negligence against an unknown vehicle driver after Archana Pandya was killed on May 13 around 8.30pm opposite the police station.

According to the police, Pandya, who was a TCS employee, had just left her office when the accident took place. “She crossed the north-bound road and came to the south-bound road when she was knocked down by a speeding vehicle in the second lane,” an officer said.

The police said two SRPF jawans saw her lying on the road and called a constable from the police station. They took her to a government hospital at Jogeshwari but she was declared brought dead by the doctors. They used Pandya’s phone to inform her family about the accident and that she had been taken to Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Hospital.

As per the FIR, the incident took place around 8.30pm and the police was informed about it only around 8.55pm. She was brought to the hospital around 9.05 pm, where she was declared dead.

Inspector Shivajirao Jamdade of Vanrai police station said they were trying their best to trace the culprit. Unfortunately, the CCTV camera in the area was not working at the time of the incident. “We appeal to the people, who may have witnessed the accident, to come forward and help us investigate the case,” he said.

Pandya’s brother, Siddharth, said that she was alive for 25 minutes even when she was being taken to hospital in an autorickshaw as the SRPF jawans were monitoring her pulse. “Archana took her last breath just outside the gate,” he said. He said the police told him that the CCTV camera at the spot of the accident is not working. Pandya lived in Andheri with her parents and elder brother.

The Vanrai police have registered a case of causing death by negligence (304 A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with rash driving or riding on a public way (279) and other relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.

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