In a tragic incident, a 34-year-old woman leading a group of bikers was run over by a truck on July 23 after she tried to avoid a pothole on the Jawhar-Dahanu highway. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Jagruti Viraj Hogale, who was part of a women’s-only biker club and hailed from Bandra. She was reportedly on her way to Jawhar, popular for its waterfalls, for a weekend getaway.
According to a Hindustan Times report, at around 9 am, Hogale tried to overtake a truck near Vaiti village, approximately 100 kilometres from Mumbai. Since it was raining heavily, she didn’t see a pothole, but tried to avoid it at the last minute.
She swerved her motorcycle to the left but was crushed by the truck. By the time Hogale’s friends, who were behind here, reached her, she was dead, said the police.
“We registered a case under section 304 (a) (negligent driving) against Hogale. She should have shown better judgement while riding her bike. Had she swerved to the right, she probably could have been saved as she was wearing a helmet,” said the police, according to the HT report.
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Hogale is survived by her husband Viraj and nine-year-old son Harshit. She was a member of the Bikerni Motorcycle Club that was started in 2011. One of the group’s most active members, she made several trips to Leh and Ladakh.
The incident has brought the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, popularly known as the BMC under scanner. Upkeep of roads, or lack of it, in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra becomes a talking point every rainy season as potholed roads often turn into death traps.
The BMC has come under fire as people accuse the municipal body of failing to perform its job. Recently, a former Doordarshan anchor died after a tree fell on her. Her husband plans to sue the BMC for negligence.