All the victims fell into the roadside trench. So did the car. “In a bid to escape, the driver reversed the car and ran over the victims again,” a police officer said.
Some of the victims had shifted to Dingore in Junnar taluka only three days before the accident. They were going to a Ganesh mandal for prasad after finishing the day’s work when the accident occurred. The two injured people are undergoing treatment at a private hospital at Ale Phata.
The Otur police identified the deceased as Jagadish Davar (18), Dinesh Tarole (13) and Surmal Tarole (12), and the injured people as Vikram Tarole (25) and Dinesh Jadhav (24). Vikram suffered a fracture in the right thigh, while Jadhav suffered fractures on the back. Vikram lodged a police complaint.
Sub-divisional police officer (Junnar) Ravindra Chaudhar told TOI, “The SUV (sports utility vehicle) driver fled abandoning the vehicle at some distance from the accident site. We have impounded the SUV, owned by a Pune resident. We are probing whether the owner or his/her driver or anyone else was driving it.”
This was the fourth major accident on the Kalyan-Ahmednagar highway stretch in the past five days. Four people, including two women, lost their lives in three different accidents between September 19 and September 20. Chaudhar said, “We will identify the black spots and take measures to curb accidents.”
He said Vikram told the police that he, Davar and Surmal came to Dingore on September 21, while the others came about three months ago. “After finishing the work on Sunday evening, they came to know that a Ganesh Mandal had arranged prasad for dinner. They had decided to go there,” he said.
He said when they were walking along the highway, the speeding vehicle heading towards Otur mowed five of them.
“Instead of helping the victims, the driver reversed the vehicle and tried to drive away. In that attempt, he crushed the injured victims again,” Chaudhar said.
He said the residents of the area took the five injured people to a hospital, where doctors pronounced three of them dead. “All the victims were from poor families. We are planning to give them compensation through insurance,” he said.