Two girls who were happy to hear that their mother was returning from Haj after a long time, made a point to surprise her by going to the Chatrapati Shivaji Airport and welcoming her. The family, who resides at Bhiwandi, got into a Tata Sumo car at Chori mohalla and left the place at around 6am. The father accompanied his daughters as the flight was about to arrive around 9 am. On their way, they met with an accident which killed the driver and left the girls seriously injured.
On May 30, in the early morning, Hajimiya Khalil Shaikh 41, a businessman from Bhiwandi was all set to go to the airport to pick up his wife who was visiting Haj and, since she was returning after a long time, he took his daughters along too. It was around 6 in the morning that they left home in a Tata Sumo car (MH 04 – BD- 5892). Mehboob Ali Mohammed Ali Shaikh, 32, the driver, had crossed the Bhiwandi area and, as the vehicle was approaching the Saket road (Mumbai-Nashik highway), the driver lost the control and dashed against a trailer (MH 46-H-1897). The trailer was carrying iron rods that were hanging out and, upon collision, they broke through the windscreen and hit the driver first. Shaikh died on the spot and the sisters (15yrs and 6yrs of age) got seriously injured. A rod grazed the stomach of the15-year-old, whereas the six-year-old sustained a head injury.
After the accident, locals gathered at the spot to help the injured out of the car and take them to a hospital nearby. The driver was declared dead upon arrival and, while the sisters were admitted in hospital, the father, Hajimiya Khalil Shaikh, remained unhurt. Upon arrival at Mumbai, the mother was informed about the accident.
A case has been lodged against the trailer's driver for not putting up any signs or signals to alert other vehicle drivers. The Kapurbawdi police station have detained the him and investigations are ongoing. The accused has been charged with IPC sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337(causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.