In a freak and horrible accident, Shilpa Puri, a resident of Kharghar, Navi Mumbai lost her life when her Activa scooter skid on her way home and she was crushed by a hydraulic crane that was right behind her. The accident was so instantaneous and horrible that the video of her fall and eventual death has been circulating on Whatsapp groups and on the internet. The 34-year-old’s scooter skid and slipped on the crossing at Utsav Chowk in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai while she was on her way home. The accident occurred on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The horrific and dramatic CCTV footage has gone viral and shows the accident in its entirety and the unwillingness of the people to stop and provide her medical help. The driver of hydraulic crane did not have much time to avoid Shilpa Puri as she fell because it was close on her heels but the driver did not stop to check on her post the accident.
The accident occurred at around 6:21 pm according to the time stamp on the CCTV surveillance camera footage and a policeman arrived on the scene at 6:23 pm, many motorists did not stop to pick up the injured woman and rush her to any nearby hospital, even though it was peak hour. Apparently, the nearest hospital is located only at a five minutes distance from the accident spot. Shilpa Puri’s scooter slipped in an area which was under maintenance and the road was a few inches lower than the concrete part. The ensuing gap between the two made her lose control over her Activa and resulted in her falling off from her scooter. The renovation of the road was not completed. Although she was wearing a helmet but her head was crushed by a hydraulic crane which was behind her in a split second.
Watch the CCTV video here, viewers’ discretion is advised
People in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai and the family of the deceased woman blamed CIDCO for the irresponsible renovation that was carried out on the road and had demanded strict action to be taken against the contractor. The Swachh Kharghar Manch had organized a candlelight march on Tuesday from the accident spot near Utsav Chowk to the CIDCO office to show their support and sympathy towards the family of Shilpa Puri and demand justice for her untimely death. The hydraulic crane driver has been arrested and a case has been registered against the contractor. Shilpa Puri is survived by her husband and her two small children aged 11 and 6.