A 15-year-old schoolboy died and four others were injured when a water tanker rammed into them on SV Road in Goregaon (West) on Monday. The incident occurred around 10am outside the City Centre mall. The driver reportedly lost control over the vehicle when its brakes failed.
Omkar Shelar, who was on his way to school with his father, died on the spot. Ajit Shelar, his father, is recuperating in the hospital. The other three injured are Mohammed Khan, Rajesh Sonawne and Narayan Chavan. All three have sustained multiple injuries and are undergoing treatment in Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon.
The Goregaon police have arrested the driver, Bhushan Jaiswal, 48, on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rash driving and causing hurt by endangering the life of others under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Arun Jadhav, senior PI of Goregaon police station, said, "The tanker, which was on its way from Malad to Oshiwara, suddenly lost control and rammed into a parked Chevrolet car and hit four pedestrians and a person on a bicycle. The tanker then went on to the footpath, dashed into a signage-making store and came to a halt."
"We are conducting inquiries and taking statements from eyewitnesses. We will also be verifying whether brake failure had actually led to the mishap. We have sent the driver's blood sample for a test to figure out if he was under the influence of alcohol," said Jadhav.