Deranged Doctor accused of intentionally driving Tesla off cliff in Calif. with wife, kids

Patel, his wife, Neha, and their children — a 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy — miraculously survived after the electric car tilted off the notably treacherous part of the Pacific Coast Highway recognized as the “Devil’s Slide” about 10:50 a.m. Monday.

The vehicle apparently overturned many times before coming to a stop on its wheels.

Patel is listed as a radiologist at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles, KABC reported.

The driver, Dr. Dharmesh Patel, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

“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,” the hospital told the outlet in a statement Tuesday.

“We will not respond further, as this incident is under investigation,” it added.

Investigators have not yet resolved what driving mode the Tesla was in — including whether it had its Autopilot action on — but don’t conceive the mode contributed to the cause of the crash, CBS News reported.

Dharmesh Patel, pictured with his wife and two kids, will be booked on attempted murder and child abuse charges once he is out of a hospital, the California Highway Patrol said. Facebook / Neha Patel

Roger Newmark, who lives several doors down from the family on a leafy Pasadena street, said: ‘They’re the sweetest couple and they have the greatest two little kids.’  

Among those to comment on the case was Tesla founder Elon Musk.

His fans say the evidence that they all did survive is confirmation of just how safe Tesla vehicles are.

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Police are yet to finish their investigation into the crash, and are yet to establish why they think the family survived.

They think the vehicle suffered one initial hit, then flipped multiple times in the air before landing upright, on its wheels.

‘The damage to the vehicle would indicate that it hit, and then flipped several times,’ Brian Pottenger, battalion chief with Cal Fire’s Coastside Fire Protection District, said afterwards.

Dharmesh Patel is pictured with his wife Neha.




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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.


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