3 Members of Indian Am family Killed in Crash

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Three members of an Indian American family from Beavercreek, Ohio, were killed in a deadly crash while on vacation. Now the community is rallying around the nine-year-old boy left behind.

The crash happened Saturday, June 18, in a remote part of eastern Kentucky. The Galani family had been driving back to Ohio from a vacation in Virginia Beach, WHIO TV 7 reports. They had planned to camp with friends overnight at Carter Caves State Resort Park before heading home.

According to state troopers, Jitu Galani, the father, was driving a 2014 Honda CRV when he missed the entrance to the park. When he put the car into reverse, it went over an embankment, fell into a creek, and landed on its top, WIFR 23 reports. Jitu, his 39-year-old wife Nitu Galani and their 4-year-old son drowned.

Their 9-year-old son Aarush managed to free himself from the car and track down someone for help, American Bazaar reports. Rajiv Galani, Jitu’s cousin, has started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help support Aarush.

“Aarush has an overwhelming amount of healing ahead of him. While he will always be surrounded and supported by all of us (his family), your donations will help us build him a life that he deserves and desires,” Rajiv wrote on the GoFundMe page. “It will help provide him with the support to cope with this immeasurable loss and let grief walk beside him as his strength rather than his weakness.”

“Aarush’s survival is a miracle, it was destined and we know he is put on this earth to do wonderful things.”

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