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Five Indo-Canadians die in car accident, funeral Friday

Toronto, May 3 (): The funeral of the five members of an Indian-origin family, including two children, who were killed in a high-speed car crash in the Canadian province of British Columbia, will be held on Friday.

Indo-Canadian businessman Jolly Sachdeva, hails from Rampura town of Punjab’s Bathinda district, lost his mother Vidya Wanti Sachdev (68), wife Reena Arjot (31), sister Neelam Rani Dhingra (47), daughter Jessica (3) and son Aanish (5) when a Dodge Caravan smashed into the Toyota Corolla they were travelling in at an intersection. The horrific road accident happened on April 28 in Surrey, British Columbia.

Reports say the occupants of the car were leaving a prayer service when the accident occurred. The accident occurred on Sunday morning at the intersection of Pacific Highway and 32nd Avenue when police say the driver of the Caravan supposedly failed to stop at a red light and collided with the Corolla.

The impact of the crash was terrific, that the Toyota was ripped apart into two halves killing all the five occupants -three generations of the same family of the car at the scene. The 46-year-old driver of the Dodge Caravan is said to be in hospital in a stable condition. He is likely to be charged under the relevant laws.

Police suspect speed was a contributing factor, although they are not prepared to estimate yet what that speed was.

The funeral service will be held on Friday morning at the Riverside Funeral Home and Crematorium in Delta, the family said.

Sachdeva, Arjot’s husband, runs a popular lunchtime eatery, Sachdeva Sweets and Restaurant, in Surrey. The accident has stunned the large Indo-Canadian community in Surrey and horrified emergency responders.

People arrived at the home of Gurmit Sachdeva after the five members of his family were killed in the deadly crash. The surviving husband-father is absolutely devastated.