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Father charged with attempted murder after allegedly driving family off cliff in California – National

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Ah California The man was subsequently charged with three counts of attempted murder. pushed his car off a cliff Earlier this month, I was in a car with his wife and two young children.

on Monday, Prosecutors indict Dharmesh Patel41 accused of deliberately maneuvering a Tesla sedan from a height of 75 meters along a highway called Devil’s Slide in San Mateo County, California.

His wife Patel, 41, and his two children, ages 7 and 4, were hospitalized. survived the crash The names of other family members have not been released.

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Authorities initially said it was an “absolute miracle” that the family survived the rocky fall.

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Of the three current charges against Patel, two relate to enhanced domestic violence and gross bodily harm.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaff said at a news conference Monday that Patel’s wife was “severely injured” as a result of the crash.

A 7-year-old boy was also injured, though Wagstaff did not provide further details.

Wagstaffe said the four-year-old boy “miraculously” left the scene with only a few bruises and a third charge failed to qualify for serious bodily injury.

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Patel, who is currently being held without bail, has yet to file a petition. He is scheduled to appear in court again on his February 9th.

Police have not publicly identified a motive. Still, authorities said they had enough evidence from CCTV and eyewitness accounts to prove that Patel deliberately fell off the cliff.

Based on initial investigation, the California Highway Patrol believes the Tesla was not malfunctioning and was not operating on autopilot or fully autonomous driving mode at the time of the crash.

Car accidents on and around Devil’s Slide are relatively common and usually fatal, according to Coastal Fire District battalion commander Brian Pottenger.

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After the crash, Pottenger said he and other rescue workers were “very shocked when they found a viable victim in the car.”

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The rescue took several hours due to the position of the car and the difficult weather conditions at the time, including rain and high winds. Firefighters used an extractor to separate the family from the vehicle.

CNN reported that a judge denied prosecutors’ request for a no-contact order against Patel on Monday. A non-harassment order was enacted in its place, allowing Patel to contact her family.

Patel was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder the day after the accident.

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