Speaking to reporters on Sunday, a Reliance spokesperson stated that it was the chauffeur who was at the wheel and the Aston Martin Rapide (MH-01-BK99) in question was on a routine trip. However, this claim has been refuted by one of the occupants of another car involved in the pileup who stated that there was a young man at the wheel and not a driver, while the car was followed by an entourage of security personnel. As per the young driver of the hit Audi(MH14-DN-6666), the driver was promptly taken away from the scene in one of the other vehicles by the security personnel.
Bansilal Joshi, 55, a Reliance driver, has claimed responsibility for the crash and while he has not yet been arrested, investigations are in progress to find solutions to suggested loopholes in the series of events following the crash. CCTV footage is being examined for further evidence in the case.
Ravindra Pawar, assistant police inspector of Gamdevi police station said, “The complainant Foram Ruparel, a resident of Ghatkopar and a student, was on her way towards Ghatkopar along with her friends in her Audi, when a speeding car rammed into their vehicle from behind. The incident took place when they had just crossed Kemps Corner and were headed towards Haji Ali.”
“The Aston Martin (MH-01-BK-99) was going northwards. The car sped from the spot before one of its tyres came off. It then stood near TG Pavillion,” said Pawar.
We couldn’t record their statements properly because they were in shock,” said a police officer from Gamdevi police station. “We will also check CCTV footage. Only then will we be able to reach any conclusion,” added the officer.
“The Aston Martin (MH01-BK-99) was speeding from Peddar Road towards Haji Ali. The man at the wheel lost control and crashed into a white Audi (MH14-DN-6666) and the luxury car’s front right wheel got detached.”
“The Aston Martin hit another vehicle on the north-bound road, a Hyundai Elantra. The Aston Martin travelled 200 metres on three wheels and halted in front of Cadbury House. The driver abandoned the car and fled,” he added.
“The Audi was driven by 25-year-old Ghatkopar resident Ms. Phorum Ruparel, also the complainant. Thane-resident Vikram Mishra, 45, who was driving the Hyundai Elantra, sustained minor injuries,” said Pawar.
“We have registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 (endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act. The complainant and eyewitnesses couldn’t see the Aston Martin driver,” said additional commissioner of police, south region, Krishna Prakash.
However, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) spokesman Tushar Pania said, “Yes, the car is owned by Reliance Ports and was being driven by one of our drivers, who was going to park it. We will cooperate with police investigations.”
25 year old Foram Ruparel driving the Audi was first hit by the Aston Martin first. She said, “I could see in the rear-view mirror the car was moving at a high speed, weaving left and right. And then, in a flash, it hit my car. I had a decent look at driver’s face. He was a young man.” She added, “In seconds, there was a swarm of security men around the car and they bundled the driver into one of the SUVs and sped off.” “I was barely driving at 50 kmph when the Aston Martin hit us,” Foram said. She recalled onlookers telling her that the Aston Martin belonged to a “big businessman”. “The driver disappeared, so I could not confront him,” Foram added. Story and picture courtesy: pardaphash, mumbaimirror, knowyourlaw midday