On Saturday, two months after the accident that killed former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, police in Maharashtra arrested the driver, Dr. Anahita Pandole, for causing death by negligence, overspeeding, and aggressive driving.
Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry and his friend Jehangir Pandole were killed in a car accident on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway at Charoti in Dahanu taluka of Palghar district.
Dr. Anahita, 55, is currently in recovery at Mumbai’s H N Reliance hospital after suffering many fractures and lung injuries.
After being released from the hospital last Friday, Darius Pandole, her husband and the main witness in the accident, made his statement in his house in south Mumbai on Tuesday.
The mishap occurred on September 4th of that year. A Mercedes Benz with Dr. Anahita behind the wheel. Darius took up residence in the driver’s seat.
Both Mistry and Jehangir took the back seats. Mistry and Jehangir were killed when their car collided with the railing of the two-lane Surya river bridge.
Based on Darius’s statement and the papers made by the automakers and the Regional Transport Office, police in Kasa have claimed a case of causing death by negligence has been registered.
According to Darius’s account, Dr. Anahita got stuck on the third lane of the four-lane Surya river bridge.
The car spotters, in their report, also stated that the driver made a judgment call that led to the accident. The police report indicated that the death was initially classified as accidental.
The motorist attempted a pass but saw that another car was already ahead of them in the next lane. The motorist veered dangerously close to the bridge’s edge and slammed into the barrier.
In the days following the crash, a crew from Hong Kong examined the car’s remains.
The vehicle marker had initially reported that the driver was at fault for the accident because he was going too fast and making a poor decision.
According to the study, braking was initiated five seconds prior to impact, resulting in a speed reduction of 89kph. On this highway, you can go no faster than 80kph.
An initial investigation into the crash found that the driver had made a judgment error as the route narrowed from three to two lanes just before the bridge.