Friday, September 6, 2013

Unlicensed driver hits woman on Marine Drive

‘SET UP CHOWKY’


Mumbai: A 45-year-old woman was knocked down by a speeding car on Marine Drive on Thursday morning. This is the fifth such accident on this stretch of the main arterial road in the recent past.
 
    The Marine Drive police said the incident took place around 7.30am. They said the victim,
Shobha Phulare, was walking towards Ahura Mahal on G-Road in Marine Drive, where she works as a house help. A college student, Rano Samant (20), who was driving the Hyundai, was nabbed by the locals and handed over to the police. He was booked for rash and negligent driving and causing hurt due to rash and negligent
driving. The victim, who suffered injuries to her leg, was rushed to a nearby hospital by the police.
 
    Four years ago, the Marine Drive Residents’ Association had proposed a glass chowky under the flyover bridge but necessary permissions have yet not been granted by the police authorities.
 
    “We are shocked at the lack of signal lights, speed-breakers and cops posted on the promenade. We want an assurance that the said police chowky will be manned by at least two constables at all times,” said Chandresh Shah, former president, MDRA. Police said the car is owned by a Samant’s father’s friend. He had taken the car for a drive and did not have a driver’s licence. 
 
—Linah Baliga & Mateen Hafeez 
 
 
The Times of India, September 6, 2013

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