The Indian-Australian community has raised more than $34,000 to repatriate the mortal remains of Indian international student Riya Patel who recently passed away in a tragic road accident in Sydney’s south-western outskirts.
The fundraiser has been organized by Riya’s cousin Shailesh Patel who also lives in New South Wales (NSW).
Riya, aged in her 20s, arrived from Gujarat just two months ago to study in Sydney.
On 16 April, around noon, Riya was travelling from Sydney to Wollongong with her friends. Unfortunately, the driver of the car lost control and the vehicle rolled on Hume Motorway at Wilton, near Picton Road.
Despite the efforts of responding police and NSW Ambulance paramedics, Riya who was the rear passenger of the car that rolled died at the scene.
All southbound traffic was diverted at Narellan Rd, Campbelltown to then use Appin Rd Or Camden Bypass, Old Hume Highway, and Remembrance Drive instead.
Shailesh says that in this accident driver and other passengers were seriously injured while Riya passed away in this tragic accident.
“Ryas’ parents and friends in India have been left shattered after hearing the sudden shocking news. As per her parent’s request we are working with our Gujarati and Indian community representative and friends to send Riya’s body for repatriation to India.”
Shailesh adds that through this fundraiser they are also trying to support Riya’s family to cover her student loan and other miscellaneous expenses.
Police were called to the scene following reports of a serious accident. When they arrived, it was clear that a car had swerved to avoid hitting another car and ended up rolling, gravely injuring passengers.
Both drivers were taken to Liverpool Hospital to be treated and undergo mandatory testing. An accident case has been registered with Narellan Police Station and NSW police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
As inquiries continue, anyone with dashcam vision or further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.