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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Car crashes into 2 on Mumbai flyover killing them, falls 20ft, driver survives

The driver lost control and hit two labourers on Bandra flyover, killing them; car fell 20 feet but the man and his friend survived

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2017 09:32 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
The mangled remains of the car.
The mangled remains of the car.(Hindustan Times)

Two men who were putting up hoardings at Bandra flyover on Thursday afternoon were killed when a Chevrolet Cruze LTZ rammed into them and fell off the bridge. Another person standing below the bridge suffered minor injuries. The occupants of the car – a man and a woman – survived. The man, who was driving, was arrested.

The Bandra police said the incident took place at 2.45pm on the north-bound stretch of the bridge, just after the U-bend. Senior inspector Pandit Thakare of the Bandra police said, “The driver, Ethesham Kapadia, lost control the vehicle after unexpectedly seeing two men on the bridge. The car hit the boundary wall and rammed into the men.”

Sandeep Daund, 26, was run over while Lala Bansi, 28, thrown off the bridge and died later in a hospital.

“The car fell 20 feet. It first fell on a tree and then landed near a man on the road, injuring him,” said senior inspector Machindra Bodke from the Bandra traffic division.

Daund’s body was crushed on the flyover and he was declared dead on admission to Bhabha Hospital. Bansi, who was thrown off the bridge, suffered internal head injuries and fractures to both legs.

Read: Mumbai flyover car crash: How a tree, traffic signal and airbags saved two lives

He was treated at Bhabha Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

The car fell near Mohammad Shakil Samani, 26, a labourer, who suffered minor injuries. He too was admitted to Bhabha Hospital.

Remarkably Kapadia, 20, and his friend Aksha Chapra, 26, walked away from the accident with minor injuries.

“The man and woman got out of the car with the help of passersby. They were seen leaving the spot in a rickshaw,” Bodke said.

The police later arrested Kapadia, who lives at Dongri and works at a travel agency. They are trying to find out how he got the car, which is registered in the name of one Junaid Kaliwala.

They said the woman would not be arrested. Kapadia will undergo a medical test to ascertain if he was drunk at the time of the accident.

The police booked him for causing death through rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code, and under sections 134-A and B of the Motor Vehicles Act for leaving the scene of the accident without helping the victims or alerting the police.

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