In her statement to the police, Mumbai advocate Janhavi Gadkar said she had bought her red Audi Q3 about a year ago and that she used it to commute daily from her home in Chembur to her office at Nariman Point via the Eastern Freeway.
After work on Monday, she and two of her colleagues went to Marine Plaza for a small party as their company had bagged a new project.
“Instead of beer, I had two pegs of Ballantine’s whiskey for fun. After drinking, we ate dinner and I paid the bill. Around 10 pm, we left the hotel for our respective homes.”
She started her car but stopped at Marine Drive and sat in the car for nearly two hours to sober up. Around 12.30 am, she resumed her journey back home.
She took a U-turn from Marine Drive and drove towards Churchgate, and onwards to P D’Mello Road.
Because she was still drunk, she took the wrong side of the freeway. “As I was drunk, I was not able to see the road clearly,” she said.
She was driving at speed when she rammed into an oncoming taxi near Shivaji Nagar Masjid. “Because of the airbags in my car, I was not injured but fell unconscious,” she said.
She has said that when she came back to her senses, she saw the taxi she had rammed into was badly damaged. She also saw a mob around the two vehicles. “Police officials helped me out of my car and took me for a medical check-up,” she said.