The Mumbai police on Thursday arrested 32-year-old Aarti Shetty, who in an allegedly inebriated condition, knocked down an auto with her BMW on the eastern expressway early on Thursday morning. A woman was severely injured and three other family members sustained minor injuries in the accident.
Police said that Ms. Shetty was driving fast on the Sion-Panvel road when her vehicle (MH 04 ET 6666) hit the auto near Vashi check naka around 4.30 a.m. She was under the influence of alcohol, they said, adding that she had herself sustained injuries on her neck.
Ms. Shetty is a resident of Chembur and was going home from Navi Mumbai when the incident took place. The speeding BMW hit the auto first, which turned turtle under the impact. The car then hit a trailer before coming to a halt. Police said that the car too was severely damaged.
“She was arrested on the spot. She had not fled as she was herself injured,” senior inspector of the Mankhurd police station told The Hindu. Police said that she did not co-operate with the investigation and refused to give personal details.
Ms. Shetty has been booked under sections 279, 338 of the Indian Penal Code read with section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act. As she was injured in the accident, the court granted her bail on her furnishing a surety of Rs. 10,000.
Mobina Zahir Hussain Syed (35) sustained severe head injuries in the accident. The names of the other injured persons are: Mohammad Raza Hussain Syed (19), Mohammad Hussain Ali Syed (44) and Nasir Abu Bakr Syed (30).
Ms. Mobina was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a city hospital and underwent head surgery on Thursday.