Aston Martin Accident: Victim gets Audi A6 from RIL, seeks to drop charges

The complainant in the December 8 Aston Martin accident case has reached a settlement with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), which reportedly owned the car, and withdrawn her case after the firm agreed to replace her damaged vehicle with an upgraded Audi A6, a source close to her family said.

No one was seriously injured when the Aston Martin Rapide, being reportedly driven by a Reliance employee, hit an Audi A4 owned by Ghatkopar resident Foram Ruparel on Pedder Road when she was going back home with three friends, the police said. Ruparel's car veered into the opposite carriageway and hit a bus while the Aston Martin hit a Hyundai Elantra being driven by Thane-based pharmaceutical executive Vikram Mishra.

The source said the family was thankful to the bus driver who veered away to avoid a collision, adding that the car's airbags had failed to deploy.

He said RIL representatives contacted both Ruparel and Mishra the next day. "We were willing to settle with them because Ruparel and her friends were fine. The company did not apologise for the first three days. It was only when we threatened a hunger strike that they called us again on December 11. In the next three days, we settled and they agreed to give us an Audi A6 on the condition that we withdraw the case," he said. An application was filed in the Bombay HC Monday to withdraw charges. The car was delivered to the Ruparels a day later.

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