2 UGA freshmen, senior at Alpharetta High School killed in crash; 2 more teens injured

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The victims of a crash that killed three have been identified.

According to police, the crash happened in the area of Westside Parkway near Maxwell Road to Hembree Road around 8p.m. Tuesday. Five people were in the car. Two were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner identified the two people killed at the scene as Aryan Joshi and Sriya Avasarala, both 18.

Avasarala was a freshman at the University of Georgia studying pre-med, according to records. A family member who did not want to speak on camera said she was a member of a dance team at UGA.

Joshi was a senior at Alpharetta High School.

On Wednesday, the M.E. announced that a third victim of the crash, 18-year-old Anvi Sharma, died at the hospital. According to the M.E., she was the driver.

It’s unclear if Sharma was also a student at Alpharetta High School.

Two more people who were injured in the crash remain hospitalized.

Police identified them as Rithwak Somepalli, a University of Georgia student who was also the driver. The second person who was injured has been identified as Mohammad Liyakath, who was also a senior at Alpharetta High School.

Police said the initial investigation suggests speed was a factor in the crash. Police believe Somepalli lost control and the vehicle flipped and landed upside-down in the tree line.

It’s unclear if Somepalli is facing any charges.

School counselors were available at Alpharetta High School Wednesday, according to a teacher and parents.

The school sent a letter to parents, reading, in part:

“When events such as this happen, youth react in different ways.  You may see your child feeling sad, upset, angry, shocked, or numb.  For some students, a death of someone they know may remind them of some other loss in their lives. For others, this may be their first encounter with death.”

Channel 2′s Bryan Mims was at the scene Wednesday, where investigators returned to the scene. Shattered glass and debris still littered the roadside.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.





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