San Jose – A young Punjabi woman identified as Kiran Pabla, 24 , was killed when one of the two racing cars crashed into her out for a run.
According to San Jose police, the drivers of two cars were racing each other down Yerba Buena road, which is also a stretch known for speeding. Kiran was killed on the sidewalk as two cars went speeding down the hill. She was less than a mile from home.
Both the drivers are under arrest for this horrific crash.
A new guardrail has been installed, replacing the one destroyed in the crash.
A steady stream of mourners has been coming to lay flowers to remember Kiran Pabla. A makeshift memorial of flowers and candles marks the spot where the 24-year-old was jogging.
The extended Pabla family is in shock and in mourning. Kiran worked at a staffing agency. Her family was looking forward to celebrating her 25th birthday next month.
“She didn’t deserve this,” said the victim’s brother, Kunal Pabla. “She just went out for a jog just like every other day.”
“I’ve had almost 150 people here over the past couple of hours to show their respects,” said the victim’s brother, Aman Pabla. “She was a very well-known person in this community. People loved her, people loved her smile, she was a joyful person. She didn’t deserve this at all.”
Lately, the Pabla family was weathering difficult times, with Kiran’s mother battling breast cancer. Her father died more than a decade ago, and alongside her two older brothers, Pabla kept up the household while studying toward a business degree.
The drivers of the Nissan and BMW that crashed and killed the young woman are 18-year-old Gabriel Esparza and 23-year-old Manuel Anthony Maldonado-Avalos, both of San Jose. The police are seeking charges of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving.
“For those two guys that did this, I hope you guys go to sleep at night knowing that you guys killed an innocent person, but we’ll still pray for your family as well,” Aman said.