A 40-year-old ambulance driver, his nurse wife and their 14-year-old son were killed and their four-year-old son was grievously injured after their two-wheeler was hit by a speeding pick-up jeep driven by a drunk driver near Chakan Tuesday night.
The Chakan police have identified the deceased as Suresh Kisan Dukare (40), his wife Vandana (35) and their elder son Tushar (14), residents of Dehu village. Their younger son Hemant has sustained severe injuries and is currently in ICU of a private hospital at Chakan.
According to the police, the Dukare family had gone to a relative’s home on Tuesday morning and were returning home in the night on one bike. Around 10 pm, when they came to Barge Vasti near Kuruli village, their bike was hit by a pick-up jeep from behind. The jeep was in such high speed that bike was thrown off road and the jeep itself turned turtle.
Police later arrested the driver, Santosh Bhau Shinde, a resident of Pait village near Chakan. Police inspector D B Patil of Chakan police station station said, “Medical reports have shown Shinde was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. He has been booked for culpable homicide under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code.”
Police said while the couple and their elder son died on the spot, Hemant was critical.
Suresh worked as a driver on an ambulance at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Velhe while Vandana worked as a nurse at a PHC in Dehu village. Tushar was studying at a local school. Their bodies have been handed over to relatives after autopsy.