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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Manslaughter Charges Recommended For California Man Who Fell Asleep At Wheel, Killing Daughters

Police are recommending vehicular manslaughter charges for a California father of Indian origin whose two daughters died after he nodded off and crashed his SUV.

Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against Arvind Tandel, 48, whose daughters, Sheetal Tandel, 20, and Nisha Tandel, 24, died Nov. 23 on Highway 101, according to Bay Area News Group.
 
Supervising deputy district attorney Cindy Hendrickson told the Contra Costa Times that her office has the case, but she has not yet made a decision on filing charges.
 
Nisha Tandel was to be married in January, and the family was returning from "an all night Black Friday shopping trip" in Palo Alto when he "nodded off”, the newspaper reported.
 
Tandel has not been arrested and prosecutors told the newspaper that they were not "sure" when or if charges would be filed.
 
California Highway Patrol officers recommend the charges because Tandel "knowingly" got behind the wheel of his SUV after getting only three hours' sleep in the preceding 24 hours.
 
The family, including his wife and two other daughters, had been gift shopping for Nisha Tandel's wedding, which was to take place in India.
 
The two daughters who died were not wearing seat belts, the newspaper reported. It's also against the law to drive a vehicle when passengers are unbuckled.
 
The tragedy happened when their Lexus SUV slammed into the back of CHP patrol car on the shoulder. Tandel, and his wife, Yogita, and two other daughters, then 12 and 22 years old, were also hurt in the crash and rushed to hospitals.

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