Cyrus Mistry accident UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz experts from Hong Kong reaches India

Cyrus Mistry accident update: A team of experts from Mercedes-Benz has reached Mercedes' showroom in Thane, Maharashtra from Hong Kong for investigation and inspection of the car in which Mistry died.

  • Mercedes-Benz experts reach Thane to investigate Cyrus Mistry death
  • Investigation will be held into other details too like car's tyre pressure, brake fluid level etc.
  • Cyrus Mistry and Jahangir Pandole were killed in car crash on September 4

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Cyrus Mistry accident UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz experts from Hong Kong reaches India

A team of experts belonging to Mercedes-Benz reached Thane from Hong Kong for further investigation and inspection of the car in which Cyrus Mistry was killed. Mistry (54) and his friend Jahangir Pandole were killed on September 4 afternoon when their Mercedes GLC 220d 4MATIC car hit a road divider in the Palghar district of Maharashtra. Two other car occupants -- Anahita Pandole (55), who was at the wheel, and her husband Darius Pandole (60) -- suffered injuries and are admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai. Last week, German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz issued a statement and said it is cooperating with the authorities investigating the car crash that led to the death of Cyrus Mistry. 

"As a responsible brand respecting customer privacy, our team is cooperating with the authorities where possible, and we will provide any clarifications to them directly as required," the automaker said in a statement. The German auto major noted that it would continue ongoing 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 demise of Cyrus Mistry and Jehangir Pandole in the unfortunate road accident. At the same time we are glad to learn that Anahita Pandole and Darius Pandole are recovering. We wish them a speedy recovery," it noted. Earlier in the day, a team from the company collected the vehicle's data which will be decrypted for further analysis.

Car crash investigation by authorities

There will also be an investigation into other details like the car's tyre pressure and brake fluid level to ascertain the cause of the accident, Inspector General of Police, Konkan range, Sanjay Mohite said. The ill-fated vehicle was 2017 GLC 220d 4MATIC, which is equipped with seven airbags overall. The latest version of the all-wheel drive model comes with a price tag upwards of Rs 68 lakh.

It has a 'pre-safe system' where the front seat belts can be electrically pretensioned in hazardous situations. As per Mercedes-Benz India website, the GLC's pre-safe system reduces the forward displacement of the occupants during braking or skidding in an impending accident

The fatal accident took place on the Surya river bridge when the four persons were on their way to Mumbai from Gujarat. The deceased were not wearing seat belts as per a preliminary probe, a police official earlier said, adding that over-speeding and an "error of judgement" by the driver caused the accident. Prima facie, the luxury car was speeding when the accident took place, the official had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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