Salim Sabuwala and his family were out on Tuesday morning, celebrating their son scoring a 90% in the SSC examination, when their lives toppled. They were returning from a dinner at the Bhiwindi hotel when lawyer Janhavi Gadkar's Audi Q3 rammed into their taxi, killing Sabuwala and the driver.
The high-profile lawyer was supposedly drunk and driving on the wrong side of the Eastern Freeway when the incident occured. “As I was drunk, I was not able to understand the road,” reads her statement to the police.
Here is how the tragedy unfolded:
1) Gadkar and two of her colleagues went to hotel Marine Plaza on Monday night to celebrate a project their company got. They consmed alcohol there. 2) Around 10pm, they left the hotel. Gadkar stopped at a spot on Marine Drive and sat inside her car. At 12:30am, she started frving home again. 3) On entering the Eastern Freeway, Gadkar travelled on the wrong side of the road for almost 10kms and her Audi collided head-on with the taxi.
The impact of the crash so severe that the entire front of the taxi was crushed. Salim Sabuwala and his family were out to celebrate their son Noman securing a 90% in the SSC examination when Janhavi Gadkar's Audi Q3 slammed into their taxi, killing the businessman and the driver. Four others were injured, including Sabuwala's wife Hafeeza and his daughters. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Janhavi Gadkar, a high court advocate and vice-president of the legal team with Reliance Industries Limited, who was allegedly driving at a speed of more than 120kmph. She charged with rash driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder. (Kunal Patil/HT photo)
Mumbai Police officials added that just before the accident, two motorists had narrowly escaped colliding with the Audi. They were not able to stop Gadkar in time. Gadkar went on to say that she was driving at speed when, around 1 am, she rammed into a taxi headed in the opposite direction near Shivaji Nagar Masjid. (Kunal Patil/HT photo)
Gadkar was not arrested immediately at night as the law bars police authorities from taking a woman into custody at night. She was, however, arrested later in the morning. In her statement, she has said that the air bags saved her from incurring major injuries. (Kunal Patil/HT photo)