A 30-year-old lawyer is battling for his life in a hospital after he lost control of his bike while trying to avoid going over potholes on the Wadala CST road near Bombay Port Trust toll naka.Prashant Pashankar, a lawyer by profession, was on his way to Fort in south Mumbai, when his bike skid and he was dragged for 50 metres near Wadala. The road where the incident took place is extremely uneven and riddled with many potholes.

According to witnesses, Pashankar was trying to avoid a deep pothole, when he had to suddenly swerve his bike to the left. Since the road was uneven, he couldn’t control the bike and hit another pothole. The bike skid and dragged him along for quite a distance. He is currently in a semi-conscious state at KEM hospital.

The Wadala police are yet to record his statement. “Phashankar was travelling under the Eastern Freeway and reached near the BPT toll naka when he saw a pothole. To avoid it he veered in the opposite direction, but the road on that side was a little bumpy and his bike slipped,“ said a police officer from Wadala police station.

Phashankar skidded for around 50 metres and he had lost consciousness by the time the bike came to a stop. Onlookers tried to get immediate medical help. “We tried to call for an ambulance on 108 but the number was continuously engaged. He was finally rushed to KEM hospital in a police van,“ said the police officer.

The police say that the 30-year-old lawyer from Khandeshwar, Panvel, had a meeting scheduled in Fort and Saturday being a holiday decided to travel on his own two-wheeler.

“Prashant keeps going in and out of consciousness. He is still unable to talk. He is responding but not completely. Doctors have told us that there is heavy swelling in his head,“ said Piyush Phashankar, Prashant’s younger brother.

“He earlier use to work with a lawyer and then went on to complete his LLB. He was supposed to get his law degree in a few days from the Bar council. We plan to shift him to a private hospital near our home in Nerul on Monday,“ said Piyush.

The Wadala police said they are yet to register a complaint as the matter is still under investigation. They are waiting for Prashant to regain consciousness. “We will record his statement and decide further course of investigation,“ said the police officer from Wadala.

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