Chatsworth Crash: Arjit and Akshata Reddy Chettupalli die after their family’s vehicle is hit by a suspected drunk driver

CHATSWORTH, LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Friends and family gathered for a vigil Sunday afternoon in Chatsworth to support the parents of two teenage siblings who were killed in an accident by a suspected drunk driver a week before Christmas.

Arjit and Akshata Reddy Chettupalli died after a driver hit the family’s vehicle on Lassen Street near Oakdale, according to police.

According to the investigators, the driver, a 20-year-old woman, is said to have driven under the influence of alcohol. She has since been arrested for murder.

Arjit, who was 14 years old, died hours after the crash, and his 16-year-old sister Akshata – who was affectionately known as Lucky – was withdrawn from life support on Christmas Day after she was pronounced brain dead. Both teenagers have been described as bright students.

“My children … there are not enough words to describe them,” said the teenager’s father. “My daughter was great and, in short, my son was kind of a human computer. They were very disciplined. They have never done anything to society, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m going to do something great for society.’ “

Dozens surrounded the inconsolable parents at the Sunday vigil held at the crash site.

“[Arjit,] who was in 8th grade was an extremely talented kid, “said a family friend.” My children and their children grew up together.

Akshata was a student at North Hollywood High School and many of her friends came out on Sunday to show their support.

“Lucky was a consistently uplifting spirit and such a hard working student,” said classmate Enzo Banal. “We knew her from the student council. She was the vice president of the Junior Council, and it’s just such a heartbreaking loss.”

The close-knit Indian community in the San Fernando Valley has been shaken since the tragedy and is hoping that the siblings’ family will find solace with the help of family and friends.

“This was my first year at school with Lucky, and she was just always, always so nice,” said Alicya Young, another classmate from Akshata. “I went into the classroom and she said, ‘Hi Alicya!’ I don’t know. She was just always so great and always ready to help anyone. “

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