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Speeding Tragedy: 3 Indian American Teens Killed, 2 Injured in Speeding Accident in Georgia

Speeding Tragedy: 3 Indian American Teens Killed, 2 Injured in Speeding Accident in Georgia

  • Aryan Joshi, Sriya Avasarala and Anvi Sharma, all 18, died when their speeding car was found upside down.

Three Indian American students were killed and two were injured in a speeding accident in Alpharetta, Georgia, last week. Aryan Joshi, Sriya Avasarala and Anvi Sharma, all 18, died on May 14 when their speeding car was found upside down on Westside Parkway.

Joshi, a senior at Alpharetta High School, was a week away from graduation, while Avasarala and Sharma were both freshmen at the University of Georgia. Joshi and Avasarala were found dead at the scene. Sharma, a rear passenger, later succumbed to her injuries at North Fulton Hospital.

Rithwak Somepalli, a student at Georgia State University was driving the car, according to reports in local media. He was injured, along with Mohammed Liyakath, a senior at Alpharetta High School. 

Somepalli lost control of the vehicle, “which ended up upside down in a tree line,” local media reported, citing police. It’s unclear if that driver will also face charges, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 

Avasarala was a member of the UGA Shikaari dance team, and Sharma sang with the UGA Kalakaar, a cappella group. Joshi played for the Alpharetta High cricket team. His funeral was held on May 17.

The Alpharetta High School and University of Georgia sent a statement mourning the deaths. “The University of Georgia community mourns the lives lost in this tragic accident. Our deepest condolences go out to their families and loved ones as they navigate this difficult time. We hope their memories bring comfort and strength to all who knew them.”

University of Georgia student Anisha Hadimani, who was friends with Avasarala and Joshi told Fox News 5 that she could not believe it when she heard the awful news. “I never would’ve thought… it’s a lot,” she said, fighting tears.  She said Joshi was “genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life,” and was “caring and selfless.” Describing Avasarala as “a wonderful young woman,” she said their deaths “really puts things into perspective. This can just happen anywhere at any time to anyone.”

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Several friends also took to social media to remember the deceased students. In a post on Instagram, Joshi’s teammates described him as “a wonderful person,” who was “caring and kind to everyone.” He was one of the team’s “biggest supporters,” and was “one of the most crucial factors in all our wins.”

“You were such an amazing dancer, friend and just person to be around,” the Shikaari group posted to honor Avasarala. “Your dancing would always be able to put a smile on someone’s face, your sweet, sweet personality can never be matched, and your loving heart will always be remembered.”

The Kalakaar group said Sharma’s death was shocking and devastating, but she left a lasting impression on her classmates. “Anvi’s kindness, enthusiasm and zest for life made her an irreplaceable part of our community,” the singing group posted online. “She had an uncanny ability to light up any room she entered, leaving a lasting impression on everyone she met. We will cherish the countless moments and memories shared with her. Her beautiful voice and the memories we have with her will forever be in the hearts of our members.”

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