Rider Lost Control And Hit Safety Wall
Mumbai: Two youngsters died on the Eastern Freeway in the early hours of Monday after their motorcycle crashed into the safety wall ahead of an electric pole on a curve near the southern end of the flyover. This is the third major accident on the 13.5km freeway; in all, five lives have been lost in the last three months.
Monday’s accident occurred close to the Wadi Bunder turning point around 2am. The victims, Naresh Bhandary (19) and Pratik Salve (21) were from Govandi. “Bhandary was riding at high speed. The two had left their residence saying they were going to meet friends. Ahead of pole number 9, which lies on a curve, Bhandary lost control of his bike, which skid and crashed into the safety wall. The two fell on the road,” said subinspector Bharat Patil of the Dongri police station.
Bhandary’s skull got smashed while Salve sustained severe head injuries. “A passerby saw them lying on the road, bleeding. He informed the police, who took the two to JJ Hospital. Doctors pronounced them brought dead,” Patil said. The police have registered a case of negligent driving and death due to negligence under the Indian Penal Code and speeding under Motor Vehicles Act.
Senior police inspector Sandeep Dal said, “Bhandary quit studying after he failed class X. Salve was a class IX dropout.” Their bike has been sent to the RTO for examination. Deepak, Salve’s uncle, who claimed the body, said he would often leave at night but would return home safely. The police are not sure if the rider was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. “We are waiting for medical reports,” an officer said.
In the first and third weeks of October, two accidents occurred in similar circumstances on the same curve: in the first week, a motorcyclist died after hitting the safety wall beyond poll number 9 around 3am; on October 20, a speeding motorcycle hit the same safety wall around 3.30am—three were on the bike, of whom one pillion rider was flung in the air, fell on the road below and died, while another man, along with the rider, fell on the flyover (the rider died and the pillion rider suffered serious injuries).
The Times of India, November 6, 2013