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3 Students Killed, 2 Injured in
Car Accident over Thanksgiving Weekend

The Security Department regrets to inform the Hopkins Community of the death of three G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering male graduate students who died in a single vehicle accident in Howard County, Maryland as they were returning from Thanksgiving break:

  • Swaminathan Jayaraman, Department of Material Science and Engineering
  • Bhavesh Gandhi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jithesh Parameswaran, Department of Computer Science

  • At 4:34 AM Saturday November 28, the vehicle, a 1997 Ford Escort rental, left the roadway of northbound I-95 near Rt. 895 by the right side and struck an overpass support abutment. The three named students died at the scene of the accident. Two other male graduate students who were in the vehicle, also with the G. W. C. Whiting School of Engineering, survived the accident and were transported to Shock Trauma. (Both remain hospitalized at this time.)

    Several key academic and administrative staff members joined together over the weekend to provide assistance to the survivors and to the families, fellow students and friends of the deceased. A fellow graduate student in the Computer Science Department greatly assisted Maryland State Police by making the initial contact with the next-of-kin in India.

    Arrangements have been made for the students' bodies to be returned to India in accord with their families' wishes. The deceased now rest at the Arlington Funeral Home in Arlington, Virginia awaiting transport to their homes in India. The Embassy of India has provided guidance in making these arrangements. The Arlington Funeral Home, 3901 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1697 can be reached at (703)-522-1441.

    The members of the Security Department offer their condolences to the families and friends of these students and to the faculty and staff of the School of Engineering.

    For more information, contact Steve Libowitz in the Office of News and Information, 410-516-7160; pager: 410-512-7962; email: jhunews@jhu.edu.

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