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Mumbai: Was drunk and unable to understand the road, says woman advocate

In her statement to the police, Gadkar said that on her way home, she stopped her Audi at Marine Drive and waited nearly two hours to sober up.

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2015 22:19 IST
Pratik Salunke
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A 35-year-old high court advocate, driving her Audi Q3 on the wrong side of the Eastern Freeway, crashed into a taxi, killing two people and injuring four early on Tuesday morning. Janhavi Ajit Gadkar was drunk at the time of the accident, said police officials.

In her statement to the police, Gadkar said that on her way home, she stopped her Audi at Marine Drive and waited nearly two hours to sober up. Around 12.30 am, she resumed her journey back home. She took a U-turn on Marine Drive, towards Churchgate, and headed towards P D’mello Road. But because she was still drunk, she mistakenly drove up the wrong side of the freeway, towards oncoming traffic. “As I was drunk, I was not able to understand the road,” reads her statement to the police.

Gadkar said she had bought the Audi about a year ago, and used it for her daily commute between her home in Chembur and her office at Nariman Point via the Eastern Freeway. According to her statement, accessed by Hindustan Times, Gadkar drove to office on Monday. After work, she went to Marine Plaza Hotel on Marine Drive with two of her colleagues to celebrate a new project the company had bagged.

“Instead of beer, I had two pegs of Ballantine whiskey for fun. After drinks, we ate dinner and I paid the bill, which was around Rs 2,000. Around 10 pm, we left for our respective homes,” her statement reads.

Gadkar went on to say that she was driving at speed when, around 1 am, she rammed into a taxi headed in the opposite direction near Shivaji Nagar Masjid. “Because of the airbags in my car, I was not injured, but I fell unconscious,” she said in her statement.

She added that when she came back to her senses, she saw the taxi was badly damaged. “A mob had gathered. The police helped me out of my car and took me for a medical check-up,” she said.