Families of the two men who were brought dead to Bhabha hospital in Bandra after the accident on Linking Road are inconsolable and want justice.
Veena Ajwani, sister of Mahesh, a diamond broker, said, “The driver of the Honda Accord was allegedly driving in a no-entry lane. He shouldn’t have been speeding like that. We need justice. He shouldn’t be allowed to go scot-free.”
Mahesh, 45, a resident of 15th Road in Khar, had just left home on his bike when the car hit him. He is survived by his wife Divya, 40, and daughters Pooja, 18, and Karishma, 10.
The other deceased Chandrakant Tupe, 49, was an autorickshaw driver and a resident of Juhu Tara Road. “He was never caught speeding. He always drove responsibly,” said his brother Vishwanath. Tupe’s wife, two daughters and son survive him.
Dr Ganesh Dhumal, medical officer, post-mortem centre, Cooper hospital, said, “The cause of death for both is head injuries. Ajwani’s brain stem was hit leading to sudden trauma. He suffered from cardio respiratory failure. Tupe suffered from multiple skull fractures and haemorrhage due to intracranial bleeding.”
On the other hand, Mandakini Modhe, 45, also a victim, is among the lucky ones. She has lived to tell the tale. She is under observation in the ICU at Bhabha hospital.
She was in an autorickshaw, on her way to start her first day on a new job, when the car hit the vehicle. “I have no memory of how the accident happened as people told me that I was unconscious for 15 minutes and later, in a dazed condition for a few hours,” Modhe told DNA. Her face is swollen and has bruises, and she also has head injuries.
A resident of 12th Road in Khar, Modhe had landed a job as a sales manager in a private life insurance company at BKC after long months of struggle.
“My wife’s accident has come as a shock to us. She has worked as an insurance agent for many years while I work at a call centre. We work hard to make two ends meet. My aging father was also admitted to hospital some days back for a respiratory ailment,” said her husband Sunil.
“She is stable but we have kept her under observation,” said Dr SS Gawde, acting chief medical superintendent, peripheral hospitals, BMC.