Punjabi jogger killed by street racing cars in San Jose


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.makeshift memorial  kiran pabla

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.

drivers-street-racing-carsThe 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.


Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the SJPD traffic investigations unit at 408-277-4654 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or with svcrimestoppers.org.