Mumbai-Goa highway accident: ‘Mothers yet to find out their sons are dead’
For residents of Shivaji Nagar in Vile Parle, the news of the death of seven men from their locality on the Mumbai-Goa highway on Wednesday, has come as a shock.
The car in which Sachin Sawant, Prashant Gurav, Akshay Kerkar, Nihal Kotiyan, Kedar Tondkar, Vaibhav Manve, Mayur Belnekar and Abhishek Kambli were travelling crashed into a tree in Ratnagiri district around 7.30am. While Kambli survived, others succumbed to their injuries. “Mothers of some of the youngsters don’t know they have passed away,” said a local resident, staying in Gurav’s chawl.
Bala Sawant, a local resident, said, “I saw them leaving in the car at 11.45pm on Tuesday. We are shocked to hear that they are no more.”
Kerkar had purchased the second-hand car less than six months ago. “He was not willing to go. His friends convinced him to change his mind,” said a neighbour.
Residents remember each of them fondly as members of a group that organise annual trips to Shirdi. “They had arranged for a trip in December. They would ensure everyone travelled safe,” said Abhishek Sawant.
Belnekar’s mother runs a tiffin service, while he worked as an office boy. His father is suffering from a prolonged illness, neighbours said. Kerkar and Gurav were both make-up artists. Kerkar was the youngest of three brothers. Gurav is survived by his mother and a sister. His father died three years ago.
Sawant, who worked with a shipping firm, got married two years ago. Manve worked in an insurance company while Kotiyan worked with Mumbai Metro.
The bodies are expected to reach Mumbai on Thursday.