After attending their college lectures on Tuesday evening, four friends borrowed a friend’s car and decided to go for a ride at Carter Road in Bandra (West).
But the pleasure ride landed all four of them in hospital when 19-year-old Hizar Tahir Hussain Shaikh, who was speeding, lost control of the car and hit a road divider.
Bandra residents Shaikh, Karim Iqbal Khan, 20, Zahid Zubair Patel, 19, and Aftab Khalani, 20, are students of Rizvi College.
The police said the green Maruti Zen first hit the divider and then banged against the wall between a tree and the railway quarters and halted.
Passersby rushed to rescue the occupants of the car and took them to nearby Bhabha Hospital. They also informed the Khar police about the accident.
While Shaikh and Patel, who were on the front seats, sustained grievous injuries, the other two suffered minor injuries.
“We have registered a case of driving in a rash and negligent manner against Shaikh. We have also informed their parents about the incident,” said Navnath Sonawane, assistant police inspector of the Khar police station.
“Khan was treated at the outpatient department for minor head injury. The others have been kept under observation. While Patel has fractured his hand, Shaikh and Khalani, who sustained head injuries, got themselves discharged from the hospital against the doctors' advice,” said Dr S Chirmule, medical superintendent of Bhabha hospital. Dr Chirmule said the doctors treating Patel might have to check if he requires surgery.
Carter Road has gained notoriety as an accident-prone zone, especially with youngsters zipping along the stretch in cars or on bikes. It was on this stretch of road that Bandra resident Alistair Pereira had, in a state of inebriation, run over seven people sleeping on the footpath in November 2006. Pereira had been sentenced to three years’ RI under Section 304, one year under Section 338 and six months for causing grievous injuries. All the sentences were to run concurrently.