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Two Indian Students Killed in Hit-And-Run on Thanksgiving Night in US

Two Indian Students Killed in Hit-And-Run on Thanksgiving Night in US

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two Indian-origin students were killed in a hit-and-run accident in South Nashville, in the US state of Tennessee, on the night of Thanksgiving.

Identified by the police and Tennessee State University, Vybhav Gopisetty, 26, and Judy Stanley, 23, died after a driver hit their vehicle and drove away.

Vybhav Gopisetty
Vybhav Gopisetty

As per police, the students were in the Nissan Sentra and both were wearing seat belts, but they both were killed in the crash.

While Judy Stanley died at the scene, and the 26-year-old male driver died after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Nashville police have said that the Nissan Sentra was hit by a GMC pick-up truck. The pick-up driver, David Torres, fled on foot and remains at large.

Police say the truck was at fault for hitting the passenger side of the car, sending it through a fence and into a tree on the property of a Walmart.

Metro Police are seeking a 26-year-old David Torres as a person of interest in a hit-and-run.

Tennessee State University Statement:

The university released a statement stating condolence and details about the two Indian-origin students.

“The Tennessee State University family is mourning the loss of two TSU students killed in an auto accident 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.

Authorities say the fatalities were the result of an apparent hit-and-run accident in south Nashville. Metro Nashville Police are looking for the driver of the GMC pickup truck that hit the students’ Nissan Sentra at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place. Anyone with information is asked to call 615-862-8600 or 74-CRIME.

As we head into the holiday season, please let’s keep the families of the two students in our thoughts and prayers.”

Police say Torres was last known to live on Cedarmont Drive. Anyone who sees him or knows of his location should call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

The Tennessee State University community created a fundraising page for the funeral costs of two students who died on Thanksgiving Day.

Sharath Julakanti wrote on the GoFundMe page the two came to the United States with motivation and dreams of working in science. Julakanti went on to note that Gopisetty’s work was featured in international journals while Stanley was working to help those in poverty.

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