Navi Mumbai Tragedy: Former Intel India Chief Avtar Saini Killed in Collision with Speeding Cab

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Former Intel India Chief Avtar Saini, who spearheaded the design of the Pentium chip, was killed on Wednesday morning when a speeding car slammed his bicycle in Navi Mumbai, according to police.

The 68-year-old died while riding his bicycle with other riders on Palm Beach Road in Nerul at around 5.50 a.m. According to fellow cyclists, Saini’s bicycle was hit from behind by a fast cab. As the driver attempted to flee, the cycle’s frame became jammed under the car and dragged Saini for some distance.

Despite wearing a helmet, Saini sustained serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

Saini, a Chembur resident, has lived alone since his wife died three years ago. His son and daughter live in the United States, and he was planning to visit them next month.

Intel India president Gokul V Subramaniam expressed his condolences on Saini’s death, adding the prolific innovator will be remembered as a significant mentor at Intel.

In his LinkedIn post, he wrote, “At Intel, we are deeply saddened by the demise of former country manager and director of Intel South Asia, Avtar Saini. Avtar played a key role in setting up the Intel R&D center in India. Avtar will be remembered as a prolific inventor, an outstanding leader, and a valuable mentor.”