Nearly six days after a 25-year-old dentist who was on her way to visit her brother’s convocation was run over in a hit and run case on Marine Drive, she succumbed to the injuries on Friday evening. Meanwhile, the Marine Drive police that had arrested Shikha Zaveri, who was driving the car and released her on bail, have added the charge of causing death due to negligence against her.
According to police, the teacher, Shikha Zaveri, 36, a resident of Napean Sea Road, was driving her Honda City car towards south Mumbai. Around 3.20 pm, on March 24, she hit a the girl at the Taraporevala Aquarium signal. Zaveri did not stop her car, but sped away from the spot, the police said.
The complainant, Yazdi Driver, who is an eyewitness in the case, in his statement said that he was standing near the Zebra Crossing and he saw the girl, talking on the phone, cross the road when there was a red signal. The Honda City car broke the signal and hit the girl.
Driver then asked few people around to take the girl to the nearest hospital and used his motorcycle to allegedly chase Zaveri. He chased Zaveri and stood before the car on the next signal. When he saw some traffic cops coming towards him, he informed them about the incident and Zaveri was taken to the Marine Drive police station.
The victim was identified as Deepali Lahamte, hailing from Ahmednagar. She had completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Nair Hospital Dental College and was doing a one-year internship with the same college. Deepali stays at a hostel at Curry Road.
On the day of the accident, she was about to attend her younger brother Abhinay Lahamte’s MBBS convocation at Grant Medical College and Sir JJ hospital group gymkhana at Marine drive.