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Drunk driving claims one in Mumbai, businessman arrested

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 22:24

Mumbai: A young businessman suspected of
driving under the influence of alcohol rammed his car into two
vehicles, killing one person and injuring another in the wee
hours today, police said.

Sushil Kothari (30), who is into construction business,
first hit a scooter at Marine Drive, south Mumbai and
subsequently a four-wheeler.

"Kothari, who was driving a Ford Ikon on his way home to
Walkeshwar area, rammed into a scooter killing the rider,"
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chhering Dorje said.

Kothari did not stop there and sped away towards Malabar
Hill where he dashed into another car, they said.

He was arrested and produced before a Metropolitan
Magistrate Court, which granted him bail on a bond of Rs 5,000
in the Malabar Hill case. He was booked for rash driving.

"As soon as he was released on bail, we arrested him in
the Marine Drive case, in which he has been charged with
culpable homicide," Dorje said, adding he will be produced
before a local court tomorrow.

Kothari said he lost control over the car due to a tyre
burst. While the motorist, Habib Zulfikar Qureshi, was killed
on the spot, the pillion rider received minor injuries and is
undergoing treatment at J J Hospital, police said.

No one was hurt in the second incident.

Kothari has tested positive for alcohol intake, Dorje
said, quoting a medical report.


First Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 22:24

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