Woman doctor killed as Skoda rams Swift at Worli

A 30-year-old doctor, Preeti Kamble, was killed and four others injured when a speeding Skoda rammed into a Maruti Swift in Worli just past midnight on Wednesday. The driver of the Skoda, Shaan Dilip Kalwani, 22, a law student and resident of Altamount Road, was arrested after the incident. Kalwani is an intern at noted lawyer Mahesh Jetmalini’s chambers.The two other occupants of the Swift were Preeti’s husband Anil Kamble (35) – who was at the wheel – and brother in-law Nitin Kamble (31). They are being treated for serious injuries at a private hospital. The two other occupants of the Skoda – Shaan’s friends Pranav Zhaveri (22) and Shivrang Desai (22) – were also injured. They have been admitted to Breach Candy Hospital.

Shaan was neither drunk, nor did he try to flee, said the police. He was booked for rash driving and causing death due to negligence.

The police said that Preeti and her relatives were on their way home in the Swift and that Anil was taking a slow right turn when the Skoda crashed into them at 12.20 am.

According to the police, the impact was so strong that it took them and the fire brigade nearly 45 minutes to extract the three from the wreckage. All three were taken to Podar Hospital, where Preeti was declared dead on arrival.

Anil and Nitin were later admitted to Global Hospital in Worli; Nitin’s condition is still said to be critical.

Eyewitnesses said the Skoda was travelling very fast – close to 100 km/h -when it struct the Swift. The Skoda, which has been seized by the police, is registered in the name of Shaan’s father, a businessman.

Preeti, an ayurvedic doctor, used to work as resident doctor at Tilak Hospital in Worli and had recently started a private practice close to her home, according to one of her neighbours.

An eyewitness, Sonu Cheddy, a businessman from Prabhadevi who followed the Skoda from Mahim, said, “The driver had tried to corner my car too when I was driving at a normal speed. I tried to follow them but they were moving above 120 kmph due to which I was not even able to catch them”.