Woman driving BMW hits auto, injures four
The Sayyad family, based in Kurla (east), had got a call around 3am on Thursday that a close relative of theirs in Nerul, had suffered heart attack and passed away.mumbai Updated: Nov 02, 2012 01:51 IST
The Sayyad family, based in Kurla (east), had got a call around 3am on Thursday that a close relative of theirs in Nerul, had suffered heart attack and passed away.
As public transport was not available at that time, the family called up an old neighbour, Nasir Sayyad, 30, who lives in Mankhurd and drives an auto, and requested him to take them to Nerul.
“I never take my auto out at night. But there had been a death in the family of my former neighbours, so I could not refuse them,” Sayyad said from the hospital bed at Rajawadi hospital, where he is recuperating.
Accordingly, Sayyad took his auto to Nehru Nagar and picked up Mohammad Hussain Sayyad, 48, a garment dealer, his wife Mobin Zehra, 43 - whose father had passed away - and their son Mohammad Raza Sayad, 19, around 4am.
Around 4.30am, as they were crossing the octroi naka at Vashi Check Naka in Chembur, Aarti Shetty, 32, driving her BMW under the influence of alcohol, crashed her BMW car into their auto from the back.
SS Rajput, senior inspector of Mankhurd police station, said: “We don’t have much information about Shetty as she did not co-operate with us while we were questioning her.”
When HT visited Shetty’s Chembur residence, her mother-in-law said she does not know whether Shetty had been to a party or had been drinking and driving. “I arrived this morning. When I heard about the accident, I came to look after my granddaughters,” she said, adding that Shetty had sustained a fracture on her shoulder and was recuperating at Sion hospital.
Her mother-in-law said Shetty is a homemaker and a mother of two girls who study in primary school. Shetty’s husband, Santosh, works in a private firm, she added.
An officer from Mankhurd police station said: “The road where the accident took place is under repair so it is has become narrow and has containers parked on the side. She may have lost control and crashed into the auto and the container while trying to overtake.”
He added that Shetty and the two other women in the car, who are her relatives, escaped with minor injuries because of airbags in the car.