WASHINGTON, DC—After an Indian student was killed in California over the Thanksgiving, two more Indian students were killed in a hit-and-run incident in Tennessee, with the accused surrendering himself to the police, media reports said.
The accident took place on Thanksgiving Day on November 28 and the victims were identified as Vybhav Gospisetty, 26, and Judy Stanley Pinheiro, 23, who were both Indian graduate students at the Tennessee State University, the Knoxville-based WVLT-TV said in a report.
The accused David Torres’ GMC truck reportedly collided with the 2015 Nissan Sentra, which Gospisetty was driving with Pinheiro sitting in the front seat.
The Sentra reportedly attempted to cross Nolensville Pile from the parking lot of the US Bank to Walmart. Police said the truck hit the passenger side of the car as it was driving north.
The car was sent off the east side of the road, through a fence and into a tree on Walmart property, according to the WVLT-TV report.
Witnesses told police that the GMC was speeding and ran the red light at the intersection.
Torres surrendered on December 1 to the Metro Nashville Police.
The university also released a statement, saying: “The Tennessee State University family is mourning the loss of two students killed in an auto accident on Thanksgiving night. Judy Stanley, 23, and Vybhav Gopisetty, 26, were both graduate students from India pursuing food science degrees in the College of Agriculture. Stanley was seeking a master’s, and Gopisetty a doctorate.”
A fundraising page has been set up to help the families with funeral costs: https://bit.ly/2LhFd9B.
Earlier, in a separate incident a man surrendered to the police in California’s San Bernardino for the killing of Indian student Abhishek Sudhesh and was immediately arrested, authorities said.
Eric Devon Turner, 42, turned himself in on Saturday after the shooting incident that took place on Thanksgiving Day on November 28, the San Bernardino County Sun reported.
According to Sgt. Albert Tello of the San Bernardino police, officers were called to the 100 block of South E Street on Thursday afternoon on a report of a shooting.
There, officers found 25-year-old Sudhesh on the ground with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Tello added.
The suspect had fled on foot, but was identified by police and later turned himself in on Saturday morning, Tello said, adding that Turner’s motive remains unknown.
According to the Los Angeles-based KABC TV, Sudhesh was a California State University student and was reportedly pursuing a master’s degree in computer science and worked part-time at a motel. (From wire services)