Cyrus death: ‘Car brakes were applied 5 secs before crash’

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has submitted its interim report on the fatal accident of industrialist Cyrus Mistry to the Palghar police, which mentions that the brakes of the vehicle were applied five seconds before it crashed into the road divider, a senior official said on Friday.He also said that a team of experts from Mercedes-Benz is scheduled to visit Mumbai on Monday from Hong Kong to carry out an inspection of the car.Meanwhile, the German automaker said in a statement that it was cooperating with the authorities in the investigation of the car crash and will share the findings only with them as it respects customer privacy and confidentiality.Mistry (54) and his friend Jahangir Pandole were killed on Sunday afternoon when their Mercedes car hit a road divider in Palghar district. Two other car occupants, Anahita Pandole (55), who was at the wheel, and her husband Darius Pandole (60) suffered injuries and were admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai.The accident occurred on the Surya river bridge when they were on their way to Mumbai from Gujarat.”Mercedes-Benz has submitted its interim report to the police. It says that the car was running at a speed of 100 kmph a few seconds before the accident, while its speed was 89 kmph when it hit the divider on the bridge,” Palghar Superintendent of Police Balasaheb Patil said.The report says that the car’s brakes were applied five seconds before the crash, he said.Patil added that the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has also submitted its report, which mentioned that four air bags in the car had opened after the crash – three at the driver’s seat and one at the adjoining seat.”A team of experts from Mercedes Benz is coming to Mumbai from Hong Kong on September 12 for inspection of the car,” he said.