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51-year-old Mumbai man dies after drunk friend rams car into flyover

The car was going up Rawalpada bridge on the northbound stretch of Western Express Highway at Dahisar at high speed when the driver lost control

mumbai Updated: Oct 28, 2017 12:31 IST
Farhan Shaikh
Farhan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Accident,Drink Driving
The driver was arrested and booked for rash driving, drink driving and causing death due to negligence.(HT File / For representational purpose only)

A 51-year-old businessman was killed in a drink-driving accident on the Western Express Highway on Thursday. The driver of the car in which the victim, Dharmraj Singh, was travelling, crashed the vehicle into the sidewall of a flyover on the highway, the police said. The driver, Pravesh Singh, who was found to be under the influence of alcohol, has been arrested. The police said Dharmraj, Pravesh and another friend, Ganesh Bagayatkar, 44, were on a joyride early in the morning when the accident occurred.

According to the police, Dharmraj was sitting next to the driver’s seat while Ganesh was seated at the back. The men were travelling in a Chevrolet Beat.

The police said all three are residents of Nalasopara. They drove to Dadar where they drank alcohol and were on their way back home.

Around 4am, they reached Dahisar (East) and were ascending the Rawalpada Bridge on the northbound stretch of the highway at a high speed. Pravesh lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the sidewall of the flyover, the police said.

“We have booked the driver and placed him under arrest,” said Vasant Pingale, senior inspector at the Dahisar police station.

Officials said Dharmraj ran a travel business in Dadar and Pravesh is a driver by profession. Pravesh was booked for rash driving, drink driving and causing death due to negligence under sections of the Indian Penal Code along with relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.

The police have recorded Ganesh’s statement. He sustained injuries along with Pravesh.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 00:21 IST