Man charged with attempted murder for pushing Tesla off cliff with family on board


Father arrested for pushing Tesla off cliff

Father arrested on suspicion of intentionally pushing Tesla car off a cliff


the man the police say Deliberately pushed a Tesla off a cliff Three other passengers have been charged with three counts of attempted murder, according to court documents. All four residents survived falling from cliffs in San Mateo County, California, where he was 250 feet.

Dharmesh Patel is accused of driving a car off Route 1 with the express intent of killing a 41-year-old passenger, a 7-year-old passenger, and a 4-year-old passenger. Prosecutors have not disclosed who the other three residents are, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) identified them as Patel’s wife, daughter and son respectively. Their names have not been released.

Two of the three counts included enhanced domestic violence, according to court documents.

California car falls off cliff
This image from a video provided by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office shows a Tesla car tumbling off a cliff in Northern California along the Pacific Coast Highway on Monday, January 2, 2023, near an area known as Devil’s Slide. It shows 4 people injured.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office via AP

All four crew members were hospitalized with serious injuries following the January 2 crash.

Rescue teams initially hailed the family’s survival as a “miracle” after a Tesla sedan plunged off an infamous cliff near an area known for deadly shipwrecks called Devil’s Slide along the Pacific Coast Highway. bottom.

Firefighters were forced to separate the family from the wreckage. They used a rope system to pull children off cliffs in rescue baskets while their parents were lifted by helicopter.

Patel arrested The day after the crash, on suspicion of attempted murder while he was still in the hospital.

“Based on the evidence collected, investigators have established reason to believe that this incident was an act of intent,” the CHP said at the time.


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