Man who drove Tesla off Bay Area cliff with family facing charges


Statements by the wife of a Southern California doctor who is charged with intentionally driving his family off a Devil’s Slide cliff in a Tesla, along with witnesses accounts and video, led San Mateo County prosecutors to file attempted murder charges Monday against the man, prosecutors said.

San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told The Chronicle the witness statements from family and motorists driving behind Dharmesh Patel, along with video from the nearby Tom Lantos tunnels provided enough evidence to charge the father of two with three counts of attempted murder, one for each member of his family. Prosecutors included enhancements for domestic violence and causing great bodily injuries, according to charging documents.

“We do believe the evidence establishes the necessary intent to kill,” Wagstaffe said.


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