The family whose car was caught up in a head-on collision with Ant McPartlin’s £26,000 Mini have broken their silence.,,Restaurant owner Faheem Vanoo and his chef wife Shilpa Dandekar were heading to work with daughter Amaira, four, when their green Mini was in collision with Ant’s car near Richmond, London, on Sunday.
Recalling the moment of impact, Faheem, 41, claimed he managed to swerve at the last minute – a move he believes saved their lives. “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, Feheem said he was only doing 20mph and that everyone – including his daughter – was wearing seatbelts. Shilpa – whose lip was burst when her face smashed into a headrest – claimed she was so furious with Ant that she had to be restrained. Amaira was subsequently taken to West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth, and her dad described the ‘whole experience’ as ‘a nightmare’. “Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments,” a statement from Ant and Dec’s rep said.