Techie, 2 friends injured after cab driver falls asleep, car flies off road in Mumbai
As the vehicle neared Lala Lajpat Rai College, the driver, who had been speeding, fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle
Sightseeing in the city turned near fatal for three men after their cab driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit a barricade at Haji Ali early on Thursday. The force of the impact was such that the car landed on the tetra-pods opposite the Haji Ali mosque.
Computer software engineer Aditya Tawade, his friends Pritesh Kandohi and Akash Vishwakarma and the driver Mohammed Abdul Rashid Shaikh suffered minor injuries. However, the vehicle was completely smashed.
Police arrested Shaikh for rash and negligent driving.
Sanjay Surve, senior inspector, Tardeo police station, said Tawade had invited Kolkata resident Kandohi and Madhya Pradesh resident Vishwakarma to live with him in Mahim for a few days.
On Wednesday night, the boys went sightseeing at Marine Drive, Nariman Point, the Mahalakshmi Temple and then headed to south Mumbai. At 4 am on Thursday they decided to head back to Mahim and booked a cab.
As the vehicle neared Lala Lajpat Rai College, the driver, who had been speeding, fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle.
Shaikh and his passengers were rushed to a nearby hospital.
“The driver fell asleep at the wheel and so failed to take a turn opposite the college. He, however, was not drunk at the time of the incident,” said Surve.