Speeding BMW crashes into divider at Worli: Infant girl, 2 women die on spot

BMW crashes into divider at Worli: Infant girl, 2 women die on spot
Namita Chand was en route NSCI with her 6-month-old daughter, mother & aunt when she failed to spot a speed breaker near Mela Restaurant Junction and rammed her BMW into a cement divider (Picture Courtesy: Konarak/Team-BHP)

In a shocking incident, a woman in her late 30s rammed a speeding BMW into the divider in Mumbai’s Worli area on Friday evening, resulting in the death of her infant daughter, mother, and aunt.

According to reports, the incident took place yesterday when Namita Chand was headed towards the National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Worli with her 6-month-old daughter Nishika, mother Bhavna Bhatija, and aunt Juhi Deepak Gurnanani.

Around 4:30 pm, Namita was passing Mela Restaurant Junction near Poonam Chambers on Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan road when she failed to spot a speed breaker and rammed her speeding BMW into a cement divider.

The impact of the crash left all four seriously injured. Locals immediately sought help from an ambulance that was passing and rushed all the injured persons to nearby Jaslok Hospital.

“The car and divider were completely damaged. Fortunately, an ambulance was just behind the BMW, and we immediately pulled all the four out. They were rushed to the Jaslok Hospital,” Usman Shaikh, a nearby shopkeeper who witnessed the incident, told Mumbai Mirror.

“The divider is not coloured properly, and can’t be noticed,” Shaikh added.

Doctors at Jaslok Hospital declared Nishika, Bhavna, and Juhi dead on arrival. Although Namita survived the crash, her condition is still critical.

Namita is a resident of Royal Classic Apartments in Andheri West. Her husband Sonal Chand is a pilot and was in Turkey when the mishap took place. He has been notified and is on his way back to the city.

Namita’s mother Bhavna, a resident of Viman Nagar in Pune, had come to the city a few days back to help with the newborn. They had picked up Juhi from her Worli apartment yesterday before the fateful incident.

Worli Police have seized the vehicle and filed an accidental death report in the matter. Although Namita has not been booked as of publishing this report, officials say that she may be charged with rash/negligent driving and causing death of others.

Further investigation is underway.

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