Marine Drive mishap: woman gets bail

The 22-year-old woman, Disha Mehta, booked on Saturday for running over a vendor and several vehicles on Marine Drive was released on bail on Sunday. The police said that the preliminary test results have established that she was not driving under the influence of alcohol.
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Updated on Jan 31, 2011 02:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

The 22-year-old woman, Disha Mehta, booked on Saturday for running over a vendor and several vehicles on Marine Drive was released on bail on Sunday. The police said that the preliminary test results have established that she was not driving under the influence of alcohol.

"Negligent driving is a bailable offence. So, she was released. Her blood, hair and urine samples have been sent to GT Hospital to check whether she had consumed narcotics. If the reports are positive, she could face a re-arrest," said sources at the police station on condition of anonymity.

In her statement to the police, Mehta had said that the mishap occurred as she lost control over the vehicle while speeding. "Mehta told us that she lost control over the vehicle while she was speeding," Bhaskar Pawar, police sub-inspector, Marine Drive police station, said.

The accident occurred on Saturday evening on NS Road when Mehta along with her brother Aakash, 18, and friend Kirti Khandaria, 21, all residents of Lokhandwala Complex in Andheri (West), were going to Colaba in her Honda Accord.

Mehta allegedly lost control over the vehicle when she swerved the car to the left to avoid a man riding a motorcycle who cut the lane ahead of her.

The speeding car got on to the pavement after which it first hit the steel benches and then ran over three parked cars and eight bikes along the road.

It then collided with a banana vendor and his stall before coming to a halt.

The vendor sustained minor injuries.

"Mehta has been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code," said Avinash Shingte, inspector of Marine Drive police station.

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