28-year-old Mumbai civil engineer Umesh Shinde killed because of a pothole on the same road that he had been taking for the past year.
Civil engineer Umesh Shinde was on his way back home, to his new wife, taking the same route that he had been using for the past year.
Civil engineer Umesh Shinde’s (inset) bike hit a pothole on the Eastern Express Highway on Tuesday night.
But the 28-year-old didn’t return home on Tuesday night. While riding down a slope on the Malad flyover on the Western Express Highway, Shinde’s bike’s tyre got stuck in a six-inch deep pothole.
He died of severe internal injuries after he fell off the vehicle.
Married just two months ago, Shinde’s relatives said his wife Tejashri went into shock after hearing of his death.
Shinde married Tejashri on May 6, a week before his younger brother tied the knot. “The couple had spent just two months together,” said Prakash, Shinde’s relative.
“We were recently discussing how compatible the two were. Who would have thought something so cruel will happen to our family,” he added.
Shinde’s father, Haribhau, who works for the autopsy department at the Cooper Hospital, is yet to come to terms with the loss of his eldest son while his mother can’t hold her tears back.
Employed with a private firm in Kandivli (East), Shinde had joined the company a year ago.
He travelled on his bike every day, said relative.
The family demanded that the authorities pull up their socks and repair the roads to prevent such accidents in the future.
“A pothole resulted in his death. Had they [authorities] taken notice of the deadly pothole along the highway, the accident could have been prevented and Umesh would still be with us,” said Vishal Thorat, a relative.