The drunken driving is the not just an issue of India alone but the well-developed countries like the USA is also having a similar scene. In one such terrible incident that took place in the New York city, an Indian family including a 38-year-old Indian man and his parents were killed on the spot when their car in which they were traveling collided head-on with a pickup truck driven by a drunken driver. In this accident, a 32-year-old wife of the deceased and his 11-month-old son survived. Read the complete report here.
According to the sources, this tragic incident took place on Monday night when Chandan Gavai (38) his wife Manisha Surwade (32) and their 11-year-old son along with his parents Archana Gavai (60), and Kamalnayan Gavai (74), who came to visit him at the US from India were travelling in the car which was driven by Chandan. When they reached Yaphank Middle Island Road in Long Island their car met with a tragic accident with the pickup truck driven by Geyer (25) under the influence of alcohol. The report claimed that the truck rammed into their car killing three occupants instantly. The condition of Chandan’s wife is said to be critical while his 11-month-old son escaped with minor injuries, claimed the sources.
According to the sources, Chandan Gavai (38), and his parents Archana Gavai (60), and Kamalnayan Gavai (74) died when Gustave Geyer crashed into the family’s car on Yaphank-Middle Island Road in Long Island late Monday night. The truck driver Gustav Geyer also died on the scene and police have said that they found twice the limit of alcohol contents in his blood. According to the sources, the impact was so huge that after the collision both the vehicles had caught fire.
The deceased Chandan Gavai was working for an IT firm in the USA on a work visa. Law enforcement source says the driver that killed four people, including himself, and injured two others in Middle Island was drunk. The head-on crash happened on Yaphank-Middle Island Road, near Rustic Road around 10:45 p.m. on July 4th.
The sources have revealed that the truck driver was drunk and he lost the control of his vehicle and entered the no entry zone “He was described by an eyewitness as operating in a wild and crazy manner prior to the accident,” Suffolk County Police Chief Stuart Cameron said. “He passed a car in a no passing zone in what’s described as a high rate of speed.” At that point, police say Geyer lost control and veered into oncoming traffic. “At some point, after the illegal passing maneuver, he tried to re-enter the proper lane,” Cameron said. “He lost control of the vehicle. He was described as fishtailing. He entered the opposite lane again and hit the 2014 Nissan Altima.”
Camron further narrated that “After the vehicles collided, there was a fire,” Cameron said. “The driver of the pickup truck was ejected. Both vehicles were damaged by the fire. It appears the fire may have originated in the pickup truck.” According to him, Geyer, who was alone in his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Chandan Gavai, 38, the driver of the Nissan, and his parents, Kamalnayan Gavai, 74, and Archana Gavai, 60, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where they were pronounced as brought dead. His wife, Manisha Surwade, 32, remains in critical condition and their 11-month-old son, who was also hurt, is expected to survive.
“Miraculously, when the officers responded, they heard a baby crying amidst all the carnage,” Cameron said. “That baby escaped with what’s described as minor injuries.” There is a memorial at the scene of the crash, a life changing location for everyone involved.