A four-year-old boy died after being hit by a cement mixer truck near the passport office on Wagle Estate Road No. 16 on Monday afternoon.
Raghunathnagar resident Shubham Yadav was declared dead before admission at the Thane Civil Hospital.
"Around 1.15 pm, Shubham and his mother Anuradha (28) were returning after sending his brother Om (7) to Babanrao Padval Vidyalaya. They were crossing the road when the truck hit him. The driver Baliram Kamble (30), an Ulhasnagar resident, has been arrested and booked for causing death by negligence and driving dangerously," said Shreenagar's senior inspector SB Ohol.
Locals said the truck was coming from Mulund check naka and was on its way to a nearby construction site.
"I had come here for some work and I saw people running after the truck, shouting at the driver to stop. But he was busy talking on cellphone. He didn’t even know that he had hit the small boy and his mother. He finally stopped and the locals beat him," said eyewitness S. David, an Andheri resident.
Anuradha, a housewife, was admitted to the civil hospital for some time and discharged.
"Padval Vidyalaya authorities had called Anuradha to talk about Shubham’s admission. She is in shock. Her husband Sudhir (32) works as a driver and is currently in Pune. He is on his way to Thane," said their neighbour Ravi Hiwrale.
Kamble will be produced in court on Tuesday.