An Indian scholar pursuing his doctorate in Physics at the Ohio State University in the US was killed in a road accident in Ohio city.
Abhishek Singh, a resident of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh was hit on June 30 by a sport utility vehicle (SUV) when he was walking on a bridge over the Hocking river in the city.
"Ohio police woke up to the accident only after they found the 24-year-old's body floating a few kms downstream of the bridge the following day, about 16 hours later," his father AK Singh told IANS over the telephone from Faizabad.
"The SUV first hit some other vehicle on the bridge and then jumped over the pavement, throwing my son into the river," he said.
Abhishek's father, who works in a Bangladesh based cement factory rushed to India after receiving the information from US authorities who were in the process of sending the boy's body home. "The body was likely to be flown to Lucknow by Monday ", he said.
Sobbing over the phone, Singh said, "I don't know how my wife is going to take it. So far we have not broken the news to her. After all Abhishek was our only son."
Pursuing a doctorate in Physics with special focus on space science, Abhishek was rated as a "scientist of tomorrow" by his classmates at JB Academy, Faizabad where he completed his class XII.
Academy principal Ashok Tiwari, who broke down on receiving the news of his demise described the youngster as an "outstanding student".