One more boy succumbs to injuries, death toll rises to 8

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Pune: Pratik Balaji Sarode (18), who was injured in an accident at Karla Phata near Lonavla on Sunday, succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning. With his death, the total number of casualties has reached eight.

Seven persons including four of a family were killed on the spot after a Swift car jumped over a road divider and collided head-on with a Santro car coming from opposite direction near Karla Phata on Sunday afternoon on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway.

Pune: Pratik Balaji Sarode (18), who was injured in an accident at Karla Phata near Lonavla on Sunday, succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning. With his death, the total number of casualties has reached eight.

Seven persons including four of a family were killed on the spot after a Swift car jumped over a road divider and collided head-on with a Santro car coming from opposite direction near Karla Phata on Sunday afternoon on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway.

The police said that the deceased persons (travelling in Swift) were Sanjeev Mohan Singh Kushwah (17), Krishna Ramesh Shirsat (22), and Nikhil Balaji Sarode (20), all residents of Rahatani. 

The deceased persons (travelling in Santro) were Rajeev Jagannath Bahirat (52), Sonali Rajeev Bahirat (46), Jahnvi Rajeev Bahirat (20), Jagannath Chandrasen Bahirat (83), all residents of Kalashankar Nagar, BT Kawde Road, in Mundhwa.

The injured Akash Madne (17) and Rohit Kad (16), all residents of Pune, are undergoing treatment.
According to the police and friends of the deceased youths, Krishna was driving the car in which six friends were going to Lonavla for a trip. 

Krishna lost balance over the wheels and the car jumped over the divider before colliding with the 
Santro. Krishna’s father had gifted him the car last year.

Facebook Live diverted the attention of driver?
A video posted by the youths on Facebook Live when they were in Pimpri-Chinchwad is doing the rounds and it is suspected that the accident was caused due to attention diverted by the live video. When asked about it, Police Inspector Ramdas Ingawle of Lonavla rural police said, “In our investigation, we have not come across this. Our investigation is still going on about the exact cause of the accident. As of now, we know that Krishna lost balance following which the car hit the divider.”

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