A man was killed and six persons, including a police constable, were injured in back-to-back accidents on the south-bound carraigeway of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in the small hours of Monday, police said.
Two youths were arrested by Mumbai Police based on eyewitnesses’ accounts.
In the first accident, Vile Parle resident Ankit Phondake (28) lost his life while his four friends got injured after their SUV tried to overtake another car leading to a crash. Shortly afterwards, a second accident took place, involving traffic constable Sanjay More (35) who was directing oncoming cars away from the debris of the first accident. More was hit by another speeding car and has fractured his left wrist.
“Around 1 am, at pole number 80 of the sea link, a Tata Sumo tried overtaking from the left of a Hyundai i20 but collided with the car’s rear and crashed it into the divider. The i20 was sandwiched,” said Vinay Kulkarni, Senior Inspector, Worli police station.
The police said a man and two women were in the i20 but all escaped unhurt. However, Sumo occupants Vilas Navale (23), Nikhil Dhotre (22), Bhaven Patel (23) and Ankit Pednekar (24) were injured. Kulkarni said the Sumo driver Sandeep Nagvekar (24) was arrested. They also added that Nagvekar was not under the influence of alcohol while driving. The driver sustained injuries on his face.
“Phondake, who was sitting behind Nagvekar, flung out of the car and was found hanging on the divider when the police arrived at the spot. We suspect he died after snapping his neck and back,” said a senior inspector, adding, the Sumo riders were out on a joyride to south Bombay from Vile Parle.
Shortly after the first accident, a mobile van from Bandra police station was rushed to the spot, along with More. “I was directing the south-bound vehicles away from the debris. A speeding vehicle coming towards me, hit me. The car stopped around 200 metres away and its driver started to run but was arrested ,” said More, being treated at the police hospital at Nagpada. The driver was identified as Dhiraj Rajendra Sansare.