In a frightful incident, which was captured on several CCTV cameras, it is seen that a speeding car mowed down seven to eight people on the streets of Ghatkopar on Wednesday, September 21.
While official reports revealed by the police states that the rickshaw driver apparently hit the accelerator while trying to charge his phone inside the vehicle, said to be the cab of his friend.
The mishap took place around 12.40 pm at Pushp Vihar junction in Garodia Nagar, Ghatkopar (East).
According to reports, all the injured, including three women, three men and a 16-year-old girl, are admitted to Rajawadi hospital and are being treated. Officials stated that three of them have suffered fractures; however, they are said to be out of danger.
So far, the injured persons have been identified as Rajendra Bindvay, 49, Sapna Sangare, 35, Aditya Sangare, 9, Vaishnavi Kale, 16, Jairam Yadav, 46, Shraddha Sushvirkar, 17 and Bharatbhai Shah, 65.
Meanwhile, the accused has been identified as Raju Yadav, 42. He has been arrested on charges of rash and negligent driving, and for causing grievous injuries.
The accused is friends with a tourist car driver. While the driver was sipping tea nearby, Yadav got into his car to charge his mobile phone. He started the car engine to charge his phone and accidentally stepped on the accelerator due to which the vehicle went awry, police report exclaimed. As the car was in the gear, it started moving and instead of applying break, auto driver accelerated the car in which he rammed into two rickshaws and pedestrians at the busy junction.