Two Graduate Students in Carbondale, IL, Killed in Car Accident
CHICAGO, IL (IANS) – Two Indian students from Telangana were killed in a road accident in Illinois on April 21.
Illinois State Police said a Fiat sedan for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck the front of a Toyota sedan.
The driver of the Fiat, Marie Meunier, 32 of Cape Girardeau, one of her passengers, Vamshi Pechetty, 23 of Bachupally in Medchal Malkajgiri district in Telangana and the other driver, Pavan Swarna, also 23 of Khammam, were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Swarna and Pechetty were graduate students in computer science at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Three others traveling in the cars Kalyan Dorna, Karthik Kakumanu and Yashwanth Uppalapati were injured in the accident. Dorna’s condition is stated to be critical.
The accident occurred when a group of 10 students in two separate cars were returning after shopping.
Pechetty is the second son of a bank officer Varaprasad and JNTU professor Padmaja Rani. He had come to the US five months ago after doing his BTech.
His elder brother Shashi Krishna has been in the US for the past seven years.
Chancellor Austin A. Lane released a statement saying, “We send our condolences to the families of Vamshi Krishna Pechetty, a graduate student in computer science, and Pavan Swarna, a graduate student in computer science, and we hope Kalyan Dorna, a graduate student in civil engineering, Karthik Kakumanu, a graduate student in computer science, and Yaswanth Uppalapati, a graduate student in computer science, will heal.”