Children identified in I-65 crash
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent April 17, 2014 9:06PM
Emergency personnel look into an SUV that ran into the back of a semitrailer late Monday, April 14, 2014, in which three people were killed. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: May 19, 2014 2:26PM
Two children have been identified who were killed late Monday on Interstate 65 when the SUV driven by their father slammed into the back of a semitrailer stopped for a previous crash.
Jasper County Coroner Andrew Boersma said Anusha, 14, and Vivek, 9, died in the crash along with their father, Dr. Mallik Chaganti. A third child was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake and then airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood with non-life threatening injuries.
On Thursday Mohan Chaganti, Dr. Chaganti’s brother, said the surviving youngster is improving. He declined to comment on whether the child’s mother, Vijaya, has been able to return to the U.S. from India, where she had traveled to be with her mother and ailing father.
Dr. Chaganti and his children were returning from dropping off his wife at O’Hare International Airport when the fatal wreck occurred near Roselawn.
Anusha Chaganti was an eighth-grader at Rensselaer Central Middle School, where Principal Kelly Berenda remembered her as a model student who was “very well-liked by all students in every arena of life.” Anusha had attended the school for three years and was preparing to graduate this spring.
She recently placed second in the local geography bee to her surviving brother’s first-place finish. Berenda describe the pair as “tremendous students” and said staff and students are trying to deal with the tragedy.
The youngest victim, Vivek Chaganti, was a student at St. Augustine School in Rensselaer. Principal Anne Dumas said the school and its staff would not be commenting on the tragedy.
It is unknown if funeral arrangements have been made at this time.