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Friends remember family of 4 killed in crash near Flagstaff

Dhinesh and Ahtish Nagarajan had been residing in Tempe. Dhinesh was a singer, musician and an RA at ASU last calendar year.

PHOENIX — A mom and father from India have been visiting their two sons in Arizona when a tragic accident killed the loved ones of 4. 

Authorities mentioned the loved ones was on their way to check out Sedona when the motor vehicle they were being in was hit by a tractor-trailer that experienced operate a end indication. The driver of the truck explained to authorities his brakes had failed.

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The Division of General public Security recognized the victims as 54-calendar year-previous Gnanappan Nagarajan, 45-year-old Vijaya Lakshmi-Gopal, and their two sons, 24-calendar year-old Athish Nagarajan and 23-12 months-old Dhinesh Nagarajan. 

“Two of the victims had been mom and dad of the two younger males, one was driving, and they were on a journey to Sedona, they were checking out their sons, which is specifically heartbreaking they were an on a family members outing when this happened,” reported Department of Public Protection spokesman Bart Graves.

After impact, Graves informed 12Information that both of those vehicles went off the road and caught hearth. The semi landed on top rated of the family’s vehicle.

12Information spoke with a pal of Athish Nagarajan, who wasn’t prepared to be interviewed but claimed his pal was one-of-a-type. They said that he was a gifted and wise particular person who experienced large issues in retail store. 

A regional Indian local community Leader also informed 12Information Athish worked at Lucid Motors and that he had been promoted immediately inside of the business and was a world-wide source supervisor.

Genuine, beneficial and gifted are all words and phrases made use of to explain Dhinesh Nagarajan.

“Dhinesh was so selfless,” stated Lily Abundant.

“It can be just so sad, you know, he was so younger,” reported Quinne Talbot.

Several who understood the victims are speechless, busy hoping to recognize why.

“My recollections are so special with him,” explained Wealthy. “My freshman 12 months at ASU would not have been as wonderful if I hadn’t achieved him.”

Dhinesh and Ahtish were dwelling in Tempe, their family members was abroad in India. Dhinesh was a singer, musician and an RA at ASU past yr. Loaded, now a sophomore at ASU, claimed Dhinesh was relatives.

“He made it come to feel like property to me,” she stated. “I’m from Missouri, so traveling to Arizona and starting university is challenging and terrifying. And possessing that someone, like I felt like I could go to him at all periods, and Dhinesh produced it so obvious he was a good friend to us.”

Talbot agreed. She mentioned he aided her various instances with schoolwork and was often a person she could talk with. She explained she noticed him just a couple of months in the past even though on campus, so listening to the news was devastating.

“He was extremely gifted, a genuine soul,” she explained. “It breaks my coronary heart that he is no for a longer period with us, but he’s seeing more than us.”

They and so quite a few other folks are trying to arrive to terms with what transpired. And as they try out and make perception of it, they say Dhinesh will be significantly missed, another person they will normally try to remember.

“I am sending so substantially enjoy and prayers (to the household),” claimed Abundant. “He was an incredible guy who impacted so numerous people today here at ASU, and I’m so lucky to have acknowledged him.”

DPS reported the investigation into the crash is ongoing. Impairment is not thought to be a factor in this crash. 

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