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Palm Beach road crash: driver, passengers were drunk

More than two weeks after four youth were killed after the car they were travelling in rammed into a tree on Palm Beach road, a blood alcohol test report shows that the 22-year-old at the wheel was driving under the influence of alcohol.

mumbai Updated: Dec 31, 2011 02:01 IST
Mohamed Thaver

More than two weeks after four youth were killed after the car they were travelling in rammed into a tree on Palm Beach road, a blood alcohol test report shows that the 22-year-old at the wheel was driving under the influence of alcohol.

As per the report sent by the sent by the Maharashtra Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to the Nerul Police, Rakesh Chavan, who was driving the Hyundai Accord that hit the tree, had at least 92 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml in his blood stream, which is beyond the permissible limit.

An FSL official said that once the alcohol level goes beyond 30mg/100ml of blood, their functioning is reduced and beyond 80mg of alcohol, there is a high risk of losing control and balance. "Driving under such a condition can be dangerous", said the official. He added, "The tests were based on the blood samples taken around 6am, after the accident took place. At the time he was driving, Chavan's blood alcohol content could have been higher."

The other three in the car, Nilesh Bhatt, 21, Sunny Sharma, 20 and Karandeep Sandhu, 18, had also consumed high quantities of alcohol, the report said.

On December 11, the four youngsters were on their way to Vashi, from a lounge bar in Belapur. At around 5.30, their Honda Accord skidded of the road and hit a tree at the Palm Beach Road, after which it rammed into a concrete barrier.

The police said that the youngsters were speeding at the time and suspect that Chavan lost control of the car.