Cyrus Mistry, a prominent businessman and the former chairman of Tata Sons, was killed in an automobile accident on Sunday afternoon while returning to Mumbai from the Parsi pilgrim village of Udvada. He was 54.
Mistry was travelling with three other people: Dr. Anahita Pandole, a gynaecologist in Mumbai; her husband, Darius Pandole, the MD and CEO of JM Financial Private Equity; and Jehangir Pandole, a director in the London office of KPMG Global Strategy who all perished in the collision.
The four of them had travelled to the Iranshah Atash Behram in Udvada for a private religious ceremony, according to Vada Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor, the head priest of Udvada. Dr. Anahita Pandole was operating the Mercedes GLC 220D, which was registered in JM Financial Limited's name, at the time of the collision. While Cyrus Mistry and her brother-in-law Jehangir Pandole were seated at the back, her husband Darius was seated next to her.
It was unclear what led to the collision, but according to the police, it happened at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday as the grey Mercedes crossed Charoti in Palghar, a suburb of Mumbai. The driver lost control, and the vehicle swerved left before colliding with a concrete barrier. The front of the car was damaged by the collision's impact. Sitting in the back, Jehangir Pandole and Cyrus Mistry both passed away instantly.