5 killed, 3 critical as SUV plows into group of women on Pune-Nashik highway | Pune News

PUNE: Five women died while three others are battling for their lives after an SUV hit them on the Pune-Nashik highway at Shiroli Village, about 40km from Pune, on Monday.
According to the Khed police, the accident took place at 10.30am when the SUV heading towards Nasik hit a group of women crossing the highway.
The deceased women have been identified as Sunanda Satwa Gajeshi (62), Sayarabai Prabhu Waghmare (55), Sushila Waman Dedhe (70), both residents of Ramtekdi, Indubai Kondiba Kamble (47) of Sinhagad road, and Shobha Rahul Gaikwad (43) of Upper Indiranagar.
The three injured women have been admitted to a hospital at Khed. They are in a critical state.
Sub-inspector Bharat Bhosale of Khed police told TOI, “The SUV driver fled the spot after the accident. We are checking the CCTV footage to identify the driver”.
Bhosale said, “A group of 17 women was hired by a catering service agency. They hail from different parts of Pune city and belong to economically poor families. The group reached the Shiroli village in a PMPML bus around 10.30pm on Monday”.
“The women were supposed to cook and serve food at a marriage hall located nearby. The marriage hall is located on the other side of the road and the women started crossing the road. Some managed to cross the road and some were left behind. However, the SUV hit the eight women,” he said.
“The catering services manager calls these women to the wedding halls wherever he takes the contract,” he said.

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