Two persons on a bike were killed late on Monday night after a 23-year-old man lost control of his speeding car that crashed into the divider at Veer Savarkar Marg in Dadar and landed on the other side of the road, hitting the victims.
According to police, the accused, Joy Jessy Mendonca, 23, does not have a driving licence and was driving his brother’s Honda City. He fled from the spot and was arrested from his Khar Danda residence.
The deceased, Vinod Ratilal Kavaiya, 45, and Pankaj Mohanlal Shah, 45, both residents of Malad (East), were on their way to Siddhivinayak temple, where they worked as volunteers, the Shivaji Park police said.
Mendonca, who works as a disc jockey, was heading towards Mahim around 2.30am after visiting the temple. “He was speeding and lost control over the vehicle and hit the divider. The car flipped, landed on the south-bound lane and hit the Pulsar bike the victims were riding,” said Suresh R Unawane, senior inspector, Shivaji Park police station.
Police said Kavaiya was riding the bike and was wearing a helmet, while Shah was seated pillion.
The duo, who suffered serious injuries, were taken to a nearby private hospital, but were declared dead on arrival.
“A police patrolling van took one of the victims to the hospital, while the other one was taken in an ambulance that was passing by,” said Unawane.
However, Mendonca, who escaped unhurt, panicked and abandoned the car on the spot.
Police investigations revealed that Mendonca was driving his brother’s car even though he doesn’t have a valid licence. “We will penalise his brother for allowing a person to drive without a valid licence,” said Unawane.
The police have charged Mendonca under Indian Penal Code sections 304 A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and other relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.