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Mumbai: Birthday celebration turns into tragedy as one dies in road accident at Sion highway – Times of India

MUMBAI: A joyous occasion turned into a tragedy on the Sion Eastern Express highway near Mumbai on Saturday morning. A 30-year-old youth, who had gone along with friends, including his maternal brother, to celebrate the latter’s birthday at Bhiwandi eatery in the Thane district of Maharashtra died in a road accident while others received minor injuries.
Deceased Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, an RTO agent, died within a few hours of his admission to the hospital due to multiple injuries in his head, while his maternal brother Javed Gani and his three others escaped with minor injuries. Shaikh, a resident of Lokhandwala in Andheri, is survived by his wife and two kids.
According to the Chunabhatti police, August 14 was Gani’s 40th birthday and as promised Gani was to throw a dinner party for friends. Shaikh, Gani and three other friends joined Shaikh and Gani at Lokhandwala in Andheri.
“As per the witnesses, on Friday late evening Shaikh drove all of them in his Toyota Fortuner car and went to Bhiwandi Dhaba where they had a dinner party and left Bhiwandi at around 2.30am. Shaikh was driving the car. It was around 3.30am when Shaikh crossed Priyadarshini Park and was reaching near Everard Nagar to take the BKC connecting road when he lost control of the car,’’ said Deepak Pagare, senior inspector of Chunabhatti police.
Police said that the car was at high speed not less than 120 km/hour when it rammed into a Gulmohar tree.
The impact was such that the safety airbags opened and protected him from the front, but the car after hitting the tree took two rounds and again dashed it from the driver’s side which caused major injuries to Shaikh.
Gani who was sitting next to him and three friends sitting behind escaped with minor bruises.
Gani, his friends and members of the public immediately rushed Shaikh to Sion hospital where he died.
Chunabhatti police have booked Shaikh for rash driving and negligence and are likely to seek expert’s opinion on whether it was any mechanical fault with the seven-seater SUV.
Police strongly suspect that Shaikh may have dozed off while driving and may have lost control of the vehicle.