A 26-year-old pregnant woman died in a road accident after she was hit by a truck at Kalamboli on Thursday. Her four-year-old son, who was also walking along with her, escaped unhurt as he was pushed aside by his mother, before the truck ran over her.
The woman, Nilam Pandurang Roman, a resident of sector 3, was going towards the steel market with her son around 6.30 pm. They were about to reach the Karavali Chowk, when the speeding truck hit her from the rear.
The police said that there was a speed breaker where the accident took place. "While crossing the breaker, the truck driver lost control and the truck was about to ram into the divider on the right side of the road.
To avoid that, the driver swerved left. The truck however, veered off the road and knocked down the woman, who was walking on the left," said BD Mohite, senior police inspector from Kalamboli police station.
"As the driver was still trying to control the moving vehicle, the rear part of the truck ran over the woman and she came under the wheels. She suffered severe injuries and died on the spot," Mohite said.
A few local residents rushed her to a nearby hospital, but she was announced dead on arrival.
"The woman's husband, who works as driver with a private company, was at his workplace when the accident took place. As per the family, the woman was five months pregnant," another police officer said.
The police have registered a case against the truck driver, Wilfred Oliver Rao, 39, a resident of Nagpur. "The truck came to deliver some books in a school in New Panvel and was returning to Nagpur. As the driver was not versed with the city, he entered the residential area of Kalamboli by mistake," said the officer.
The police have booked Rao under sections 304a and 279 of the IPC and section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act. He was produced before the judicial court on Friday and has been remanded to magistrate custody for 14 days.