Sandhya Khadka, a native of Nepal, left her home country in the past year to come to Seattle where her father lives. She came to the U.S. to attend school. Her dream was to become an accountant.
That dream abruptly ended on Monday morning when 17 year-old Khadka was struck and killed by a truck, while on her way to school at the intersection of NE 115th Street and 5th Avenue NE in Pinehurst.
She was hit by the truck while crossing 5th Ave NE, on her way to catch the 41 bus to get to school and work at North Seattle Community College.
The Seattle P-I reports:
A green Ford Ranger headed south about 8:20 a.m. on Fifth Avenue Northeast hit the pedestrian while she was crossing west at the intersection of Northeast 115th Street.
Seattle Fire Department medics responded and declared the girl, 17, dead at the scene.
A drug recognition expert evaluated the pickup truck driver, per protocol, but determined the driver was not impaired. The driver was released at the scene.
On Thursday night, a candlelight vigil is planned for the young girl, the only child of her parents. The family would appreciate your attendance.
The vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of NE 115th Street and 5th Avenue NE in Pinehurst.
Her father, Sahadev Khadka, lives in Seattle and her mother is in Nepal.
Sandhya’s family will have some extra candles, but encourage those who join them to bring candles with them. They hope to honor Sandhya and to “create awareness so that no other young person has to die again.”
The Seattle P-I reported that In recent years, neighbors have advocated for a crosswalk at that intersection. The P-I reported:
A proposal in 2013 by neighbors cited the number of people that cross there to use the number 41 bus. However the Seattle Department of Transportation denied the proposal and said the intersection did not meet criteria for a crosswalk.