Cyrus Mistry accident: Anahita couldn’t merge into second lane, says Darius Pandole | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: Darius Pandole, one of the two survivors of the September 4 crash in which his brother Jehangir and former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry died, told Kasa police that his wife, gynaecologist Dr Anahita, was driving the Mercedes Benz in the third lane and could not merge into the second lane that turned narrow near Surya river bridge at Charoti in Dahanu taluka of Palghar district, where the accident took place.
Police on Tuesday recorded Darius’s statement at his home in south Mumbai. He was discharged from hospital last week. Police have to record Anahita’s statement, who is recovering in hospital.
Police said recording Darius’s statement took a few hours as he could not immediately recollect the accident.
Palghar SP Balasaheb Patil said they are awaiting the final report of the car-maker to decide on booking the driver for causing deaths due to rash and negligent driving. A case of accidental death was registered.
On September 4, Anahita, Darius, Jehangir and Mistry were returning to Mumbai from Udvada in Gujarat. While Anahita was at the wheel, Darius, a managing director of JM Financial’s private equity business, was in the front passenger seat and had his seat belt on. Mistry and Jehangir were in the rear seat.
Patil said according to Darius’s statement, his wife Anahita was driving in the third lane. When they neared the bridge, she tried to merge into the second lane, but as a vehicle ahead of them was already in the second lane, she hit the railing of the bridge.
Darius was discharged from H N Reliance Hospital on Friday, after 54 days of treatment. He underwent surgery on his forearm and also maxillofacial surgery, which is performed to correct an injury of the jaw, mouth or face. He was also battling infection due to the severity of his injuries. Anahita had sustained nose, rib and pelvic bone fractures, and lung injury.
In the preliminary inquiry into the accident, police had said the driver may have made an error of judgement when the road turned narrow — three lanes to two — on the bridge. The two deaths had led to a fresh audit of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway by the National Highway Authority of India. The mandatory seat belt rule for all occupants of a vehicle by Mumbai Police is also an outcome of this accident.
The wreckage of the Mercedes Benz was inspected by a team from Hong Kong.

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