Two men were killed and a 16-year-old boy injured when their speeding motorcycle skid along the Eastern Freeway Sunday morning. Motorcycles are prohibited on the freeway and according to the police,none of them was wearing a helmet.
According to the Dongri police,the deceased Ramzan Allahuddin Shaikh (23) and Rahim Hussain Agha (25) were residents of a colony at Devi Galli,P DMello Road. The injured,Rajesh Achrekar,also hails from the same locality. While Shaikh worked as a labourer,Agha was unemployed.
The police said the incident occurred around 3.30 am when the trio was travelling on the south-bound stretch of the freeway. While Shaikh was riding the motorcycle,Agha was seated pillion and Achrekar between the two. The police said the three had left their homes before midnight and gone to Chembur without informing their families. The incident occurred when they were returning home.
Officers said Shaikh might have lost control due to a sharp curve. The bike hit the rail. Agha was thrown off and landed straight on the road under the Freeway.
PSI Vikas Jadhav said Shaikh and Achrekar fell on the freeway. Shaikh sustained grievous injuries to his head and was declared dead on arrival at JJ Hospital. Achrekar is undergoing treatment at a hospital. Though his condition is said to be stable,he is not in a condition to give a statement to the police.
Prima facie,it does not appear that Shaikh was riding under the influence of alcohol. His post mortem report is awaited, said Jadhav. A case has been registered against Shaikh for rash driving,causing grievous hurt by an act endangering life and personal safety of others and causing death due to negligence.
Dongri police said they would talk to traffic police about stationing constables on both ends of the freeway to restrict two-wheelers.