Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India on Tuesday said it was cooperating with authorities investigating the car crash that killed former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry.
Mr Mistry (54) and his friend Jahangir Pandole were killed on Sunday afternoon when their Mercedes GLC 220d 4MATIC crashed into a road divider in Maharashtra’s Palghar district.
Two other passengers of the car – the driver Anahita Pandole (55) and her husband Darius Pandole (60) – sustained injuries and were admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai.
Mr. Mistry was cremated on Tuesday. The last rites were performed at the electric crematorium in Worli, central Mumbai.
“As a responsible brand that respects customer privacy, our team is cooperating with the authorities where possible and we will provide them with any clarifications when requested,” the automaker said in a statement.
The German auto major noted that it will continue its continuous efforts to increase road safety awareness as a responsible manufacturer, while equipping its vehicles with the latest safety features and technologies.
“We are deeply saddened by the untimely deaths of Cyrus Mistry and Jehangir Pandole in an unfortunate road accident. At the same time, we are happy to learn that Anahita Pandole and Darius Pandole have recovered. We wish them a speedy recovery.”
Earlier in the day, a team from the company collected the car’s data, which will be decrypted for further analysis.
Konkan Inspector General of Police Sanjay Mohite told PTI that other details like tire pressure and brake fluid level of the vehicle will also be probed to determine the cause of the accident.
The unfortunate vehicle was a 2017 GLC 220d 4MATIC, equipped with a total of seven airbags. The latest version of the all-wheel drive model comes with a price tag of upwards of Rs 68 lakh.
It has a “pre-safe system” where the front seat belts can be electrically pre-tensioned in dangerous situations. According to the Mercedes-Benz India website, the GLC’s forward safety system reduces the forward movement of passengers during braking or skidding in the event of an impending crash. The fatal accident took place on the Surya river bridge when the four were on their way to Mumbai. Gujarat.
According to the preliminary investigation, the police official, who said that the victims were not wearing seat belts, said that the accident was caused by speeding and “error of judgment” by the driver.
Initially, it was reported that the luxury car was exceeding the speed limit when the accident occurred.
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