The Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road stretch, where six women were knocked down by an Indica on Tuesday, is infamous for fatal accidents. Residents of the area said at least 15 accidents take place every year and the police don’t pay any heed to their complaints.
More than 200 residents of Aarey Colony gathered outside Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri (East) where the victims were admitted and around 1,000 people gathered at the spot where the accident took place and blocked traffic.
Vadivel Dorairaj’s mother died in a similar accident two years ago. The Aarey Colony resident said, “She died on the spot after a speeding car hit her when she was crossing the road. One of my neighbours was also hit by a car last week. We can’t let this go on forever.” He added that residents have been demanding an overbridge so that pedestrians can cross the road without any hassles.
Another resident Sudhakar Yedekar said vehicles tend to speed down the sloping bridge and crossing the wide road is very dangerous. One of the deceased woman’s uncle, Ravi Murugesh, said, “It is high time that someone takes steps to ensure the safety of people crossing the road.”