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Indian software engineer killed in US road accident on birthday; 5-year-old daughter dead too

It was said that the woman, who turned 32 on the day, failed to stop her car at stop sign and crashed into another vehicle coming from another direction. Two other members of the family were also injured.

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By: Shubham Ghosh

An Indian software engineer and her minor daughter were killed in a car accident in Portland, US, while they were heading for a temple to offer prayers on the occasion of the former’s birthday. She had turned 32.

Kamatham Gitanjali hailed from Konakanchi in Krishna district of the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh. Her relatives later said that she had been brain dead since the accident, which took place on Sunday (31) morning.

According to police sources, Gitanjali was driving the vehicle on South Meridian Road when she jumped a stop sign and collided with another car on Highway 211. The other car was being driven by a teenage boy named Benjamin Hernandez-Lopez.

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Hanika, Gitanjali’s five-year-old daughter, was killed on the spot, the relatives added. The mother was airlifted to a hospital in a serious condition and was declared dead by doctors.

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Her husband Naresh, also a software engineer, and son Braman were also in the car and received injuries. They were undergoing treatment in a hospital. Braman’s leg was broken in the accident.

Geetanjali and Naresh have been staying in the US for around a decade.

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