Officials say California man's wife implicated him in alleged attempted car-crash murder

Doctor took wife, two kids over the side of deadly California cliff, prosecutors allege.

Updated: January 31, 2023 - 11:27am

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The wife of the California man accused of attempting to kill her and their two children allegedly implicated him in the putative homicide plot, officials said this week. 

Authorities earlier this month charged Dharmesh Patel with attempted murder after the car carrying him, his wife and their two children went over the infamous Devil's Side cliff in San Mateo County. 

All four family members survived the plunge, with Patel being charged shortly thereafter. This week authorities said statements from Patel's wife Neha played a role in those charges being brought about. 

During the rescue, Neha "spoke with paramedics, making 'incriminating' statements about her husband," the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Monday, citing San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Eyewitnesses at the scene of the crash, as well as video of the car prior to the accident, also contributed to the charges, the Chronicle said. 

Judge Jeffrey Finigan this week agreed to the prosecution’s "request for no bail and orders that Patel not harass his family," the paper said.