Indian engineer killed, wife injured in hit and run in US
An Indian American man was killed and his wife was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in the US state of Indiana.world Updated: Mar 30, 2017 18:57 IST
An Indian American man was killed and his wife was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in the US state of Indiana.
Anshul Sharma, 30, died on the spot while his wife Samira Bharadwaj, 28, was injured critically in the accident on Sunday evening. Both pedestrians were from Columbus city of Indiana, said the police.
A 36-year-old man, Michael Demaio, was arrested by the police. He was driving a red Chrysler minivan and hit the couple from behind near Four Seasons Retirement Centre in Columbus, reported the Republic newspaper on Tuesday.
The accused later fled the scene.
Sharma was pronounced dead at the scene by a Bartholomew County Coroner while Bharadwaj was later transported to a hospital in Indianapolis.
Demaio “failed several field sobriety exercises”, the police said. The minivan was found with substantial damage to its hood and a cracked windshield.
The accused, who is in now in a county jail, faces a number of preliminary charges, including failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury, operating while intoxicated resulting in death and operating while intoxicated resulting in injury, said the report.
CPD arrests local man after fatal hit and run crash involving pedestrians on Taylor Road. One pedestrian remains in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/TcodNp9Bat— Columbus IN Police (@Columbus_Police) March 27, 2017
Meanwhile, family and friends of Sharma continued their efforts to take his body back to India and to support his wife, who was in a critical condition.
There were several messages on Twitter on Tuesday seeking help for the family.
A spokeswoman of Cummins, a diesel engine manufacturer in Columbus, where Sharma worked as an engineer, said the company was in constant communication with the Sharma family and providing support in efforts to return his body to India.