Mumbai: Mrugen Chorghe, a 23 year old son of a local builder here in Dhongarpada, Virar was involved in a horrific crash in the wee hours of Saturday night (16th May). He later surrendered to the local police at 10 AM on the same day for crashing his BMW M3 into a Honda Activa. Mrugen had just returned from Canada, where he is pursuing higher studies. Eye witnesses said that the car was being driven on the wrong side and at high speed.
The result of the impact was such that the Honda Activa was broken onto two pieces, with one half being thrown some 10 feet away. The riders, 65 year old Nazareth Dcunha died on the spot, while 45 year old Sangeeta John (pillion) died at a hospital. Learning about the deaths of the two, local residents got angry and torched the car. Mrugen Chorghe managed to escape from the spot before the crowd could get hold of him.
It is still not clear as to whose fault it was. The images say that the M3 was being driven on the wrong side, while the speedometer, at the time of accident was pointing to 146 kmph (allegedly).
As per a source from Team-BHP, it was also the fault of the two wheeler riders. This source reveals that the two wheeler was riding without headlights on, and tried to cross the road without indicators.
But even then, there is enough light on the road. Images show that the road is well lit. So if the two wheeler was crossing the road, without headlight or indicator, why didn’t the M3 driver take notice? The car in question, is a wide body M3 tuned up by Hamann Motorsport. It is powered by a 4.0l V8 petrol turbocharged engine, delivering 455 hp power and 448 Nm torque. It has a top speed of 320 kmph.
Locals say that the M3 driver was under the influence of alcohol and hence did not react to the crossing Honda Activa. Police have revealed nothing about driver’s condition during the time of accident in their report. Mrugen has been granted bail and is currently out of Police custody.
Last one month has been as bad as it gets for supercars in India. There have been news of two Lamborghini crashes, one Porsche 911 on fire, Aston Martin crash, and another BMW M3 (apart from the one above). This once again raises the question, should there be a separate driving license for those who want to drive more powerful cars on Indian roads?