A tragic incident occurred in Seattle when a police car responding to a high-priority call hit and killed a 23-year-old graduate student.
Jaahnavi Kandula, who was studying for her Master’s degree at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus, was crossing the street near Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street at around 8 PM when the squad car hit her.
She was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Jaahnavi Kandula was the daughter of a single-mother school teacher in India who had worked hard to provide her daughter with a better life.
In a statement, her family said they were heartbroken and described her as a “delightful and effervescent human being.”
The Seattle Police Department expressed condolences to the family and called the incident a tragedy.
The police officer behind the wheel remains on duty while the department investigates.
Northeastern Dean David Thurman remembered Kandula as a “stellar student.”
An eyewitness said the officer seemed very upset about what had happened.
The police car reportedly rushed to the 700 block of 6th Avenue North with firefighters when the accident occurred.