2 Indian students killed in the United States hit and crash in the United States
WASHINGTON: Two Indian students died in a hit accident in southern Nashville, Tennessee on Thanksgiving night, authorities said.
(23), and (26), were graduate students of the Tennessee State University (TSU) and were pursuing degrees in the College of Agriculture, the university said.
University students have raised, through a page, more than $ 42,000 for their latest rights and funeral in India.
According to local police, Stanley and Gopisetty died in an apparent incident of running over the night of November 28.
Stanley was looking for a master's degree, Gopisetty, a PhD, the university said in a statement.
David Torres (26), the GMC truck owner involved in the double fatal accident at Nolensville Pike near Harding Place, turned himself in to the police, the Nashville Metro Police Department said Sunday.
Torres did not answer questions. Officers took a DNA sample. The investigation continues, police said.
According to police, Torres's vehicle crashed into a Nissan Sentra, in which the two Indian students were traveling.
The truck was accelerating and a red light passed when it hit the passenger side of the Sentra, witnesses said according to News 9, affiliated with ABC.
The car left the road and crossed a fence before crashing into a tree on Walmart's property.
Stanley and Gopisetty succumbed to the injuries and their families have been notified, police said, adding that Torres escaped the scene.
According to eyewitness Louis Mireles, he was walking to the bus stop when he heard what was happening and saw the GMC driver flee the scene.
Boom rumbled like that and I looked back. It was there that I would have been dead, but something told me to back off, the local News 4 said.
They are dead, but we will make them live again, so that people have the opportunity in court to catch him because that guy ran ... he didn't even care about their lives, Mireles said.
Bharat Pokharel, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Agriculture, said the students were humble, innocent and hardworking with a prosperous future.
He could not believe what had happened to the life of these two energetic young scientists, he said in a Facebook post.
Sharath Julakanti, from the TSU Food Science Club, created the GoFundMe page.
According to the page, Vybhav Vipul Sudhir Gopisetty landed in Nashville with the dream of shining in the field of food science and completed his mastery with excellent scores and four publications in international journals.
Judy Stanley came from a middle class financial environment; She was a girl with a positive and hard-working attitude by nature. He was passionate about helping poor people by participating in various volunteer and fundraising programs, but finally a situation arose in which we are now raising funds for his funeral, the page says.
We kindly ask everyone to support them for their funeral to be held in India, he added.