The eyes of Dharmesh Patel, the person who allegedly tried to kill his household by driving a Tesla off a 250-foot cliff, seem bloodshot in his just-released mugshot.
The primary glimpse of Patel for the reason that horrific Jan. 2 crash reveals the California physician’s left eye nearly fully stuffed with blood, which matches his ill-fitting jail garb.
The daddy of two additionally sports activities a scruffy beard as he stares, stone-faced, on the digital camera.
The 41-year-old was charged with three counts of tried homicide Monday for deliberately driving his spouse and two kids off a notoriously harmful part of the Pacific Coast Freeway often called the “Satan’s Slide” earlier this month. He additionally faces enhancements for excellent bodily harm and home violence.
Rescuers needed to reduce all 4 of the passengers — Patel, spouse Neha, their 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son — from the mangled Tesla after it plummeted 250 ft onto the rocky seashore.
Fortunately, your entire household survived the crash in what officers are calling a “miracle.”
Neha was acutely aware when paramedics tore open the sensible automotive and reportedly screamed that her husband had “deliberately tried to kill us.”
She and her daughter are nonetheless within the hospital recovering from unspecified severe accidents, although her son walked away from the crash with simply bruises.
Patel — a radiologist at a Southern California hospital — had been hospitalized with “severe decrease physique accidents” till Friday, when he was booked into San Mateo County jail.
Investigators are nonetheless contemplating what led to the plummet. Officers don’t imagine the Tesla was in self-drive mode and the automotive confirmed no indicators of mechanical failure.
A video taken from a tunnel reveals Patel “making a pointy proper flip over the cliff” and an eyewitness stated Patel didn’t attempt to brake.
“We’re trying into what led as much as this. Was there melancholy or anything?” San Mateo County District Lawyer Steve Wagstaffe stated.
“It wasn’t simply that he was making an attempt to kill them, he was making an attempt to kill himself too.”