Speeding truck kills two pedestrians at Lower Parel, driver arrested

The truck was carrying soil for coastal road construction site when the driver lost control at Delisle Road

Speeding truck kills two pedestrians at Lower Parel, driver arrested

Two pedestrians were fatally knocked down and another injured by a dumper truck near Lower Parel on Monday night. The truck was headed to Worli to dump soil for the construction of the coastal road project when the truck driver lost control of his vehicle and mowed the duo on Delisle Road.

NM Joshi Marg police arrested the truck driver, Sachin Chavan (24) for rash and negligent driving causing death and endangering the life and safety of others. The deceased are identified as Sanjay Pawar (59) and Prataprao More (50), who were declared dead on arrival at Nair Hospital. Meanwhile, the third unidentified pedestrian is undergoing treatment. More was a resident of Kalyan while Pawar was from Worli.

The incident took place at around 11:30 pm on Monday, when a line of dumpers was headed to Worli. According to police, Chavan also dashed into garbage containers and a van parked in the vicinity. After the accident, Chavhan tried to flee but was caught by residents of the area who handed him over to the police. “Chavan is booked under IPC sections 304 A and 279,” a senior police officer from NM Joshi Marg police station said.

Earlier this month, another pedestrian was killed by a speeding SUV at Grant Road. The recent incidents have again brought to limelight the menace of pedestrian deaths in the city. As per a 2018 report of Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Maharashtra accounts 11 per cent of total pedestrian deaths across the country. The report further stated that 25 per cent of pedestrians killed in the state were from the age group of 35-45. Early this week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had also identified 39 ‘black spots’ or accident-prone spots in the city.