March 3, 2009 5:32:20 am
A 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed on Monday morning in a road accident. According to the police,a dumper truck ran over him at Mulund-Airorli Link Road (MALR) Junction. After mowing down the biker,the dumper rammed a car too,injuring two persons,said the police.
The Navghar police said the deceased Sandhesh Prakash Pandit was a priest. He was on his way to Bhandup where he had to perform a pooja at a house. The injured personsNitin Hegde (30) and Shivkumar Kahar (38) were travelling to Goregaon in their car. They sustained minor injuries and were immediately rushed to the Malwankar Hospital in Bhandup,said the police.
The deceaseds father Prakash Ketkar told the police that the incident must have occurred barely 20 minutes after Sandesh left their house in Thane. Sandesh was trained to be a priest and often invited to perform pooja at house warming ceremonies. He had to attend a similar function at Bhandup on that day, said Ketkar. He added that his son was married to the daughter of Police Inspector Shashikant Kulkarni of the Kalwa police station.
Dumper truck driver Mehboob Khan (24) fled the spot leaving his vehicle soon after the accident. He was arrested within an hour and booked for rash and negligent driving. He will be produced at the Mulund court on Tuesday.
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Police Inspector Shivaji Phadtare of the Navghar police station said the accident could have been averted,if the signal at the MALR had functioned.
The dumper was carrying stones and travelling from Sakinaka to Airoli to deliver the consignment. Instead of slowing down,the dumper truck driver accelerated the speed of the vehicle when he reached the junction and lost the control over the vehicle, said Phadtare.
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