Indian-American man dies in hit-and-run accident in US, wife critical

An Indian-American man was killed and his wife critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Indiana, USA.

Anshul Sharma, 30, died on the spot while his wife Samira Bharadwaj, 28, was injured critically on Sunday evening. They were from Columbus city of Indiana, said the police.

Anshul Sharma and his wife Samira Bharadwaj.
Anshul Sharma and his wife Samira Bharadwaj. Photo courtesy: Anshul Sharma's Facebook profile

Michael Demaio, 36, was driving a red Chrysler minivan and allegedly hit the couple from behind near Four Seasons Retirement Centre in Columbus. He was arrested by the police. Demaio "failed several field sobriety exercises", the police said. The minivan was found with substantial damage to its hood and a cracked windshield.

Sharma was pronounced dead at the scene by a Bartholomew County Coroner while Bharadwaj was later transported to a hospital in Indianapolis.

The accused, who is in now in a county jail, faces a number of preliminary charges, including failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury, operating while intoxicated resulting in death and operating while intoxicated resulting in injury, said the report.

Meanwhile, family and friends of Sharma continued their efforts to take his body back to India and support his wife.

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Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both involving editing, both copy and content, as well as writing articles, news reports and fiction. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 

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