An 18-year-old girl died after her friend, who was driving drunk, crashed his car in Juhu on Friday night.
The driver, Rahul Mishra, 23, lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. The car then turned turtle several times, hit a divider, was flung backwards and collided with a stationary autorickshaw, in which the driver was sleeping. The driver sustained minor injuries.
Of the six youngsters in the vehicle, two others are in a critical condition, while three — including the driver, who has been arrested — sustained minor injuries.
This is the second incident involving drink-driving in less than a week. On March 25, RaOne animator Charu Khandal was among three people hurt when a drunk driver slammed his car into the autorickshaw in which they were travelling.
Khandal, doctors say, is now paralysed neck-down.
These two incidents signal a possible resurgence of drink-driving crashes and deaths, the incidence of which had plummeted between 2006 and this year, as a result of a sustained anti-drink driving campaign that began after businessman Alistair Pereira ran over 15 labourers in Bandra in November 2006, killing seven.
More recently, in January 2010, beautician Nooria Haveliwala, 27, slammed into a cyclist and three policemen at Marine Lines, killing both men. She had been driving drunk and had consumed narcotics.
On Friday, senior inspector Madhukar Chaudhary said, the six friends had spent some time at a nightclub and left around 1.30 am for Juhu to have dinner.
“Mishra was driving under the influence of alcohol. Prima facie, it appears the others had consumed alcohol too,” added DCP (Zone 9) Pratap Digavkar.
A passerby took the youngsters to nearby Cooper hospital, where Rawat succumbed to her injuries in the wee hours of Saturday. Gupta was presented before a local court on Saturday and remanded in police custody till April 4.