Indian Student at University of Florida Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

Express News Global

Published: February 18, 2017

Karan Khullar, 22, was killed after a car allegedly driven by Damaris Guerrero Garcia, 23, drove off the road, over a curb and hit him as well as two other pedestrians.
Karan Khullar, 22, was killed after a car allegedly driven by Damaris Guerrero Garcia, 23, drove off the road, over a curb and hit him as well as two other pedestrians.

An Indian-origin student at the University of Florida was killed after being hit by a car near a bus stop in Gainesville, Fla., Feb. 11.

Karan Khullar, 22, was killed after a car allegedly driven by Damaris Guerrero Garcia, 23, drove off the road, over a curb and hit him as well as two other pedestrians. The two others injured, friends of Khullar’s, suffered from injuries not considered life-threatening.

Garcia failed to stop following the accident but was tracked down 20 minutes later driving southbound on Interstate 75 by the Florida Highway Patrol after witnesses spotted the damaged car and reported it to authorities.

Garcia consented to a breathalyzer test, blowing at a 0.14 blood alcohol level, nearly two times the legal limit of 0.08. She was arrested in nearby Marion County, according to a WJXT report.

Police said that Garcia was speeding and hit the trio at the bus stop outside of the Campus Club Apartments in the 4000 block of Southwest 37th Boulevard, the report said.

Khullar was thrown several feet from the impact of the crash. He was transported to UF Shands hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

Garcia, who is being held at a Marion County jail, faces charges of driving under the influence, manslaughter, DUI with injury and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

Originally from Jammu, Khullar attended Army High School in Ratnuchak and later earned a degree from Jaypee University of Information Technology.

He has had several internships as a student at business such as Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., JUIT Youth Club, and being a part of USG Economic and Financial Affairs at JUIT MUN, according to an everipedia page created following his death.

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