Ali Sheikh, 21, who survived a bike accident on Lalbaug flyover on Monday afternoon, has suffered three fractures on his right hand, and a serious wound on his forehead. Sheikh’s friend, 23-year-old Gautam Wagle, who was riding pillion, died in the accident.
Sheikh, currently recuperating at JJ Hospital, missed his sister’s wedding held on Tuesday. His parents decided against putting off the wedding. “We pacified his parent’s saying that Sheikh was recovering and they could carry on with the wedding. They were very worried,” said Rehman Khan, Sheikh’s friend.
“He is in stable condition. He will be operated upon soon. There is hole on his forehead, half an inch deep, for which he needs surgery,” said inspector Sandeep Bhagdikar, Kalachowki police station.
Police said the Wagle and Sheikh, both residents of Bhandup, were on their way to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus for Eid celebrations, when their bike hit a divider on the Lalbaug flyover, at around 2.10 pm on Monday. “After hitting the divider, the bike skid. The two fell off the bike and were then rushed to JJ Hospital,” Bhagdikar added.
Wagle, a driver, suffered serious injuries on his head. He was declared dead on admission at the hospital. His parents and five siblings survive him.
The accident seemed “destined” Sheikh said, adding: “When I took a turn for the flyover, I felt the handle getting jammed. I couldn’t pull the brake or shift gears. It was as if something was pushing me towards the divider. I couldn’t veer it away.”
Bhagdikar confirmed that Sheikh was not riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs.