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Young Indian Student Killed in Hit, GoFundMe Page Set up for Fundraiser


CHARLOTTE, NC- A GoFundMe page has been set up for 24-year-old Indian student Vivek Pathipati, who was hit and killed late Aug. 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He “was either standing or walking in the right lane … near the white dashed divider lines” when a van driver hit him in the 9800 block (University City Boulevard), the Charlotte Observer quoted from a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release.

Pathipati “was not in a designated crosswalk or near an intersection,” police said in the release, “Speed is not suspected to be a factor in this crash.”

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver stayed at the scene and was not hurt, added the report.

The GoFundMe page for Pathipati, who was pursuing his M.S. from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, has raised over $41,000 towards its goal of $50,000.

“Vivek leaves behind his devastated parents, friends and relatives. A strong determination to do his master’s and to fulfill his parent’s dream ended with an unfortunate tragedy,” read the page that has been set up by his first cousin, Manoj Maddipatla.

The fundraiser was organized by Pathipati’s family and friends to help send his remains from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Bangalore, India, and support the family with funeral and memorial expenses, wrote Maddipatla,

The GoFundMe page can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/vivek-pathipati-funeral-and-memorial-fund-raiser