Family Involved In Ant McPartlin Car Crash Break Their Silence
The family whose car hit head on with Ant McPartlin's Mini
have spoken out about what happened.
Restaurant owner Faheem Vanoo and his chef wife Shilpa Dandekar were heading to work with their four-year-old daughter Amaira when their green Mini was in collision with Ant's car near Richmond, London, on Sunday.
Talking to The Sun, 41-year-old Faheem recalled the moment of impact and claimed he managed to swerve at the last minute.
"I hardly had time to react and turned in towards the kerb to avoid a head-on collision. I'm convinced that split-second turn of the wheel saved us all from being crippled or killed," he told The Sun.
"I don't care whether he's a millionaire and I don't care whether he's a famous TV star - he could have put my daughter in a wheelchair."
Describing how "an enormous bang" jolted them around in the car, Faheem said he was only doing 20mph and that everyone in the car was wearing seat belts.
Shilpa's face smashed into a headrest causing her to bust her lip and she claimed that she was so angry with Ant that she had to be restrained.
"I was so angry with him I lost my cool and tried to run up to him and smash his face - I had to be held back. After I calmed down someone asked him if he was okay but he never said a word to us and never apologised. The horn of his car was blaring and my little girl was crying in shock. It was a terrible, chaotic scene," she said.
Amaira was taken to West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth and her dad described the "whole experience" as "a nightmare."
Following his arrest Ant is heading back to rehab and Saturday Night Takeaway has been cancelled for this week.
A statement from Ant and Dec's rep said: "Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments."
"He has spoken with Dec and ITV today and asked for time off for the foreseeable future. As such 'Saturday Night Takeaway' will not be going ahead this Saturday."
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