Three persons died on the spot and five others were critically injured when a speeding Scorpio ran over an autorickshaw, motorcycle and some pedestrians near Papdi village in Vasai on early Sunday morning.
According to Vasaigaon police, the incident took place near Status Hotel in Papdi, Vasai, on Sunday. The deceased persons have been identified as Abhijit Salvi, Amit Tambe and Amey Dalvi (driver of the Scorpio). All the injured persons were admitted to Bangli Hospital in Vasai.
Locals said that on Saturday midnight, Vasai resident Amey Dalvi got into his white Scorpio (MH 04 FE 4565) with two of his friends after consuming alcohol. The vehicle swerved out of control at Papdi village, hit an electric pole, a motorcycle and autorickshaw and hit a family from Bandra standing on the road waiting for an auto after having dinner at Status Hotel. The Scorpio then flipped thrice before crashing into the wall surrounding Papdi lake.
Amey died immediately, while his friends Abhijit and Amit succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital. Five others, who were critically injured, were rushed to Bangli Hospital by the police with the help of locals.
The death toll may increase as all the injured persons are said to be in very critical condition.
Speaking to DNA, police Constable TR Kumawat of Vasai police station said that preliminary investigations indicated that Amey, who was driving the jeep, was under influence of alcohol.