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Drunk driver's 34-km run kills 2, injures 4

Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 12:25am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

The bloody ride brings back Santosh Mane's reckless drive that took place 2 years ago

Bringing back horrific memories of the death run by Santosh Mane two years ago on January 25, 2012, a drunk car driver on Thursday night drove from Talegaon to Chakan, a distance of over 34 km, and mowed down six people of which two pedestrians died on the spot and four others on motorcycles sustained serious injuries. 

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) driver Santosh Mane’s reckless driving had killed nine people and injured several others.

Thursday’s incident took place between 8.15 pm and 9.30 pm, between Talegaon and Chakan Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) on Pune-Nashik highway. 

Chakan police have identified the driver as Rahul Dumbre (24), a resident of Rajgurunagar. 

On Thursday evening, after partying, Rahul left for Nashik at 8.45 pm. When he approached Talegaon Chowk he knocked down a pedestrian who was crossing the road. He then drove for 34 km and his car hit two motorcyclists and a pedestrian near Chakan MIDC at 9.30 pm.

Rahul’s car stopped after it got stuck in a pothole. He then went on foot to a nearby hotel from where Chakan police took him into custody.

Senior police inspector of Chakan, Sushil Kadam said, “When we reached the spot we saw  Rahul sitting at a nearby hotel. He was unable to stand on his feet. We took him to a nearby hospital where it was confirmed that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Kadam added, “During interrogation, Rahul accepted that he had knocked down two pedestrians and two motorcycles. Both the pedestrians were declared dead on arrival at hospitals and the other four are undergoing treatment at a private hospital.”

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