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Cyrus Mistry Was In Back Seat, Wasn’t Wearing Seat Belt: Sources

Bombay:

Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, who died in a car accident on Sunday, was not wearing a seat belt, early investigations say, according to police sources.

It appears that the driver lost control of the car, which was speeding, and this led to the accident, she added.

Cyrus Mistry was en route from Gujarat’s Udwada to Mumbai, along with Jehangir Pandole, Anahita Pandole and Darius Pandole, when the accident happened around 2.30pm on Sunday. Anahita Pandole, a gynecologist from Mumbai, drove the car, a Mercedes.

Jehangir Pandole, who was sitting in the back seat next to Mistry, also died in the accident, while Anahita Pandole and her husband Darius Pandole were seriously injured.

The curtain airbags did not open for Cyrus Mistry and Jahangir Pandole because they were both not wearing seat belts, officials said.

The car was trying to overtake another vehicle from the wrong direction when it hit a road divider on a bridge over the Surya River near Charoti Naka, police said yesterday.

Police are analyzing the footage captured by CCTV cameras near the scene and the car is being examined to determine if there were any mechanical issues. They are also trying to retrieve data from a chip mounted in the vehicle — similar to a black box, officials said.

The forensic team also collected samples at the scene of the accident.

Cyrus Mistry, the sixth chairman of Tata Sons, was removed from office in October 2016. He had taken over as chairman in December 2012 after Ratan Tata announced his retirement. He leaves behind his wife Rohiqa and their two sons.

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Darius Pandole, a former independent director in the Tata group of companies, had opposed Mistry’s ouster as chairman of the company. He also left the Tata group along with Mr Mistry. Jehangir Pandole was the brother of Darius Pandole.

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