Three girls among the four killed; families of victims in shock
VIJAYAWADA: Four students, including three girls, from the State were killed in a road accident at West St. Louis in the US on Saturday.
The condition of a 27-year-old Telugu youth, who was driving the car in which they were travelling, is said to be critical. Three of the students were from the city.
The accident occurred at 1.45 p.m. on Saturday (as per US time) and the parents of the victims came to know about it around 10.30 p.m. (IST) on Saturday.
The victims were identified as Chinta Satya Subhakar, 26, Veerapaneni Anita Lakshmi, 23, Anumolu Anusha, 23, and Muppavarapu Priyadarshini, 22. Adusumilli Nitish, 27, the driver, is undergoing treatment at a hospital in St. Louis County.
While Subhakar and Anita Lakshmi were from Poranki here, while Anusha was from Enikepadu in the city. Anita Lakshmi was engaged to Nitish last month and the parents had planned to perform their marriage soon.
Subhakar left for the US five years ago after completing BCA from a local college and was pursuing MS at the University of Oklahoma.
Subhakar was the elder son of Satyanarayana and Seeta Malleeswari. On coming to know that Subhakar “sustained injuries in a road accident”, Malleeswari went into a deep shock and the doctors gave her sedation.
“We have decided not to reveal the truth to her, till the body comes from the US,” said Pattabhi, a relative.
The news of the accident came as a shock to Anita Lakshmi’s family members as they were planning to perform the girl’s marriage in May this year. She was scheduled to return to the city in May. Anusha’s father Venkata Narayana, a farmer, said he repented sending his daughter abroad.
He said that as the girl was good in academics and keen on pursuing higher studies abroad, he sent her to Chicago.
While Nitish was residing in St. Louis, Subhakar was residing in Aurora and the three girls were staying in Charleston.
Parents of the victims were consulting relatives and friends in the US to bring back the bodies.