Hyderabad: A 34-year-old Telugu NRI, identified as Suhasini Keshapally, was killed on Friday after she lost control of her car while driving with her seven-year-old son on Morris Bridge Road in Tampa of Florida, United States.
While friends and the North America Telugu Society are making arrangements to bring her body back to India, it is not yet clear from where exactly Suhasini hails.
Information available from Tampa-based newspapers and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office indicates that on Friday, Suhasini was driving a Honda Civic on the New Tampa roadway when she drifted to the west, lost control and then over-corrected as the car re-entered traffic on Morris Bridge Road.
The car slid sideways into oncoming traffic, deputies said, and she was struck on the passenger side. Another car coming from the opposite direction crashed into her car, with Suhasini being killed on the spot.
Her son, Suchir Bojja, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Tampa General Hospital, from where he was discharged the next day. Sushasini is survived by her husband Suresh and Suchir. Suresh and family had recently moved to Tampa from Lakeland, reports said.
Friends have set up a fundraising campaign via www.gofundme.com, stating that ‘Suhasini was a great mom and the pillar of their family’.
“Her hopes and dreams were always centered on taking care of her son Suchir. She was an enthusiastic person always willing to help her family and friends,” the campaign note by Venkat Anand Vijapur said, adding that Suresh was working as a software engineer at Publix.
The campaign has seen $38,759 of the $50k goal being raised by 638 people in three days.
The North America Telugu Society (NATS) too said it was making efforts to help the family and send the body of Suhasini to India.