Cyrus Mistry accident: Co-passenger Darius Pandole discharged; cops to record statement

His wife, Dr Anahita Pandole, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, was recovering and will be discharged soon, said an official of the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital.

Swapnil Mishra Somendra SharmaUpdated: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 12:14 AM IST
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One and half months later, Darius Pandole who survived the car accident in which former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry died, was discharged from a Sir HN Reliance hospital on Friday. While another co-passenger Dr Anahita Pandole, his wife who was at the wheel of the car too is in recovery and will soon be ready to be discharged. Hospital authority said that Dr Anahita is constantly under observation and undergoing physiotherapy due to which she will be discharged later.

Both were shifted to Reliance hospital from the Rainbow hospital in Vapi on September 5 after Dr Anahita Pandole and Darius Pandole had suffered severe injuries after they met with a car accident in Palghar District on September 4.

Dr Anahita Pandole to get discharge soon

Dr Anahita had sustained hip fracture and chest injuries, while her husband Darius has suffered bilateral jaw fractures and displaced jaw causing airways obstruction. Following which Maxillofacial surgeon has pulled out jaw with wire fixation.

Darius Pandole underwent surgery on his forearm and a maxillofacial surgery. “He was also battling infection due to the severity of his injuries. Dr Anahita Pandole who has undergone reconstruction surgery is now undergoing physiotherapy at the hospital," said hospital authority.

Dr Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, said, “The injuries were very complex and therefore our best team of multidisciplinary doctors is working closely on the Pandoles. Expert advice was sought from experts across the globe to define the best course of action for their treatment and that has enabled us to achieve results. Modern technology, precise techniques, clinical expertise has played a large role in ensuring a positive outcome.”

Dr Pandole had sustained severe injuries in the accident, in which besides Mistry, her brother-in-law Jehangir Pandole also lost his life. She suffered traumatic hemipelvectomy, which is a rare condition requiring a complex corrective surgery of the organs to repair abnormalities caused by uterine prolapse, urinary incontinence, endometriosis or prior surgeries in the pelvic region.

“Dr Pandole was operated for pelvic reconstruction by an expert team of doctors. Given the complex pelvic fracture, multiple opinions of various experts around the world were also taken, including doctors from the USA, the UK and Europe. Dr Peter V Giannoudis, the chairman of Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Leeds, was reportedly flown in for providing expert advice,” the hospital statement added.

After discharge, cops to record statement of Darius Pandole

Now that Darius Pandole has been discharged from the hospital, the police will be speaking to the doctors who treated him and his family to ascertain if he is in a condition to speak and give his statement accordingly. Once the family of Pandole gives their clearance, the police will get his statement recorded as a witness to get clarity on what exactly had transpired on the day of the mishap.

"As of now we have not recorded the statement of Darius Pandole. We have seen that sometimes even though a person has got discharged, he or she faces issues while speaking. So once the doctor and his family confirms to us that he is in a condition to speak, we will get his statement recorded accordingly. In any case, he was not driving the vehicle so his statement will be recorded as a witness," said Superintendent of Police, Palghar District, Balasaheb Patil. 

Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry died in a car crash on September 04 on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Palghar. Apart from Mistry, one of his co-passengers, Jahangir Pandole, also had died in the mishap. The police sources had said that Mistry and the other deceased person were sitting on the rear seat of the car. The other two occupants in the car who were injured in the accident were identified as Dr Anahita Pandole, and Darius Pandole. According to the police, Mistry and others were travelling on the Mumbai Ahmedabad National Highway in a Mercedes car and were headed from Gujarat to Mumbai.

Mercedes had given its preliminary report to the Palghar police, stating that the car in which former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry (54) was travelling had been running at the speed of 100 kmph and barely five seconds before the collision, the driver had applied brake. The vehicle had thereafter dashed into the divider wall at the speed of 89 kmph.

This month, work on the short term measures to curb the instances of mishap had begun at the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway within the jurisdiction of Palghar district. The work is being done by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The officials said that cat-eyes have been put up at median cuts on the highway, hazard marker boards have been put up warning motorists about divider ahead and road marking has been done at major parts of the highway. Large number of potholes have been filled too.

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