Speed-breakers turn killers

Accident spots One motorist killed,another seriously injured in accidents.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Published: March 28, 2012 2:47:23 am

Accident spots One motorist killed,another seriously injured in accidents.

Two weeks ago,Shilpa P,accounts department head with a private firm in Indrayani Nagar,Pimpri-Chinchwad,was returning home on her two-wheeler around 7.30 pm when she hit a speed-breaker. Shilpa was thrown to the ground and the motorcycle fell on her legs. She was admitted to a hospital with a leg fractured. After 12 days and running up a medical bill of nearly Rs 1 lakh,she was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

“I use the same road every day and never faced any problems. But this speed-breaker where I met with the accident seems to have sprung up overnight. There were no markings or signs to alert motorists,” said Shilpa. Sangeeta Kamble,a neighbour,said,“The speed-breaker has been redone. Civic officials probably realised their mistake.”

Shilpa said she was in pain for nearly a week and it was only the support of family and friends that saw her through. Dr Suhas Kamble,who operated upon her, said it would be at least two-three months before she can walk normally.

Sachin Patwardhan,37,a businessman from Dhankawadi that falls under PMC limits,was not as fortunate. He lost his life. On March 20,Patwardhan was heading towards the RTO office near Neelayam Talkies when he hit a speed-breaker,fell on his head and lost consciousness. He never recovered and died four days later at a private hospital. His family is shattered. “We have lost everything,” said his wife Dr Varsha Patwardhan. “He used the same road many times and was a careful,cautious driver. I am sure there is some problem with the speed-breaker,” said Varsha.

Varsha said Sachin used to look after their entire business. “We have around 10 tourist vehicles. Sachin used to single-handedly look after our business and family,” said Varsha. Her brother-in-law Kapil Patwardhan is also a doctor. “Along with other doctors,Kapil tried to save his brother at the hospital,but to no avail,” said Varsha.

Varsha suspects the speed-breaker was put just two days before the accident. “The speed-breaker was repaired four hours after the accident. They have put white markings to alert drivers. All this after the mishap….”

Around 15 days ago,Sunil Marale,returning home from Chandani Chowk in Pimpri on his four-wheeler,hit a speed-breaker. “The Bavdhan-Pashan Road has the biggest speed-breakers. I was driving slowly,otherwise the accident could have claimed the lives of those in the vehicle. At night,these oddly-constructed speed-breakers are tough to spot,” he said.

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