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Tesla cliff crash: Pasadena father intentionally drove off Devil’s Slide cliff with his 2 children, wife in car, CHP says

Tesla cliff crash: Pasadena father intentionally drove off Devil’s Slide cliff with his 2 children, wife in car, CHP says

MONTARA, Calif. (KABC) — A Pasadena father has been arrested on suspicion of tried murder and little one abuse following authorities say he intentionally drove a Tesla off a cliff as his two small children and spouse were being nevertheless in the automobile.

The Tesla plunged more than 250 feet off a Northern California cliff alongside the Pacific Coastline Freeway in the vicinity of an area identified as Devil’s Slide which is acknowledged for lethal wrecks.

Dharmesh A. Patel of Pasadena will be booked into San Mateo County Jail after he is unveiled from a medical center, the freeway patrol claimed in a assertion. It was not immediately recognized if Patel has an attorney.

“CHP investigators worked throughout the evening interviewing witnesses and accumulating evidence from the scene,” the highway patrol statement mentioned. “Centered on the evidence collected, investigators produced possible induce to believe that this incident was an intentional act.”

Authorities say they weren’t capable to figure out the Tesla’s driving mode all through the crash, however, they say it does not seem to be a contributing aspect in this incident.

Patel, his wife Neha, their 7-12 months-previous daughter and 4-calendar year-previous son survived following their car tumbled down the cliffside Monday.

Patel is outlined as a medical doctor at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.

On Tuesday, the professional medical middle launched the subsequent statement:

“Providence Holy Cross Health-related Heart is deeply saddened to learn of a targeted traffic incident involving just one of our physicians and his spouse and children. We are incredibly grateful there were no severe accidents. We will not respond even more, as this incident is below investigation.”

The car or truck flipped a few of instances in advance of landing on its wheels, wedged from the cliff just ways away from the ocean.

There was no guardrail at the spot where the sedan went off the cliff, officials claimed.

Crews pulled the young children out of the again window and introduced them up the cliff by hand in a rescue basket applying the rope method. They ended up rushed to the clinic by ambulance with musculoskeletal injuries.

The older people experienced traumatic injuries, even so, and had to be hoisted up the cliff by a helicopter. They have been then each flown to the clinic, the battalion chief stated.

Eyewitness Information spoke to a number of neighbors of the Patels who were being shocked.

“They are like great neighbors. It appeared like they experienced a excellent holiday, they went to go see both of those dad and mom. It just seemed very delighted and good,” neighbor Sarah Walker reported.

The Patel’s up coming door neighbor, Heather H., said she did recognize some thing appeared off Tuesday and questioned why they hadn’t arrive household still.

“They are lovely persons,” she explained. “This is definitely heartbreaking.”

The investigation is ongoing.

The Connected Press contributed to this report.


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