The survival of anyone in the Tesla defied the odds, Battalion Chief Brian Pottenger with the Coastside Fire Protection District Cal/Fire told the Associated Press, according to KKTV. “We go there all the time for cars over the cliff, and they never live,” Pottenger said. “This was an absolute miracle.” Pottenger told NBC that both children were in car seats. He added, “The car seats actually did their job. Amazingly, they stayed in place. They were intact, and there was no damage to them.” After hearing of the charges against Patel, Pottenger told The Washington Post he was “very disheartened. I was very sad. I was taken aback by it, and it was heartbreaking.” “But I’m not going to let that take away from the fact that two adults and two children plunged 250 feet down the cliff and they survived, and we had a successful rescue,” he said.
SHOCKING: A Pasadena father has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse after authorities say he intentionally drove a Tesla off a cliff as his two children and wife were still in the vehicle. https://t.co/rA6aMhvtf0 pic.twitter.com/dDwcNzUGrG— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 4, 2023
Patel is a doctor at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, California, according to KABC-TV. “Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is deeply saddened to learn of a traffic incident involving one of our physicians and his family. We are extremely grateful there were no serious injuries. We will not respond further, as this incident is under investigation,” the hospital said in a statement. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Man who plunged his family off cliff in a Tesla car has been arrested and charged with attempted murder Dharmesh Patel,41, from Pasadena has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse as cops suspect he intentionally .https://t.co/jCRFLiOCqF via @Sinzuulive— SinzuuliveBlog (@SinzuuliveBlog) January 4, 2023