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Tata Sons ex-chairman Cyrus Mistry died in traffic accident

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Cyrus Mistry, 54, who was born into one of the wealthiest families in India and who was chosen to succeed Ratan Tata as chairman of the Tata Group in 2012 before being ousted four years later, was killed instantly in a car accident on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway on Sunday afternoon. He was about 110 kilometres from Mumbai.

His companion Jehangir Pandole also perished after their SUV, a Mercedes Benz GLC, struck the railing of a bridge over the Surya river at Charoti in the Palghar district at around 3.15 p.m. Jehangir’s family owned the soft drink company Duke’s until they sold it to PepsiCo.

Despite suffering severe injuries, Jehangir’s brother Darius and his wife Anahita, a well-known gynaecologist and tree campaigner who, according to local police, was driving, are claimed to be safe. It was unclear whether the air bags had been effective because Darius was seated next to her and Cyrus and Jehangir were in the back seat. The two in the back, according to the police, didn’t appear to be wearing seat belts.

After visiting the Iranshah fire temple in Udvada, a small Gujarati village located roughly 180 kilometres distant, they were travelling back to Mumbai. The Pandole brothers and Cyrus both just lost their fathers on June 28 and August 29, respectively. According to the Parsi Zoroastrian calendar, Sunday was Behram Roj, when devoted Parsis visit their most treasured fire temple in Udvada. TOI has learned that after lunch at a friend’s seaside hotel in Udvada, Mistry and his friends left for Mumbai.

Both Anahita and Darius were taken to a hospital in Vapi after they sustained several fractures. Darius, who once won the junior national squash championship, currently serves as managing director of JM Financial’s private equity division. Jehangir, a graduate of the esteemed London Business School, previously worked as a director in London for the Global Strategy Group of consulting firm KPMG.

A high-level investigation into the disaster has been announced by deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Balasaheb Patil, the superintendent of police in Palghar, and other senior police officers arrived on the scene and verified that Mistry and Jahangir had passed away there.

Late on Sunday night, the remains of Mistry and Jehangir were transported to J J Hospital in Mumbai for an autopsy. According to the police, there is preliminary evidence that indicates Anahita lost control of the vehicle while crossing the older, lower-level Surya river bridge. When the disaster happened, she had barely completed a kilometer-long journey across the three-lane Charoti toll naka.

According to police officers who responded to the scene, the car may have been speeding and the driver may not have known which bridge to take. According to Kasa police, a report of an accidental death has been made. Police will document the statements of the injured victims even if speeding is thought to have been the accident’s primary cause.

Two people were brought in dead, according to medical supervisor Dr. Pradeep Dhodi. Both Mistry and Jehangir, who were sitting diagonally across from the driver, passed died instantly when their heads collided with the front seats. They had severe head injuries, according to Dr. Dhodi. Although the side curtain airbags that are designed to protect passengers in the back had opened, it was already too late. According to the police, who inspected the car, Cyrus and Jehangir’s heads struck the front seats before the bags opened because they weren’t wearing seat belts.

Both Anahita and Darius, a former independent Tata Global Beverages director, sustained hip and jaw fractures. We have learned that a group of Mumbai-based medical professionals will visit the Vapi hospital to evaluate the victims. According to the police, Anahita and Darius were saved because their airbags deployed and they were wearing seat belts.

The impact of the collision was such that the diesel vehicle MH-47-AB-6705, which was registered in Darius’s company’s name (J M Financial Ltd), had its engine pushed behind the wheels. The bonnet wasn’t broken. Motorists and bystanders helped save the victims. Police do not have any CCTV footage of the crash because there are no homes or businesses close to the scene.

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