Thursday vigil held for girl killed crossing street in Pinehurst: lots of broken hearts and a spectacular rainbow

Thursday evening’s vigil for 17 year-old Sandhya Khadka was an event filled with sadness and broken hearts. The accident on 5th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 115th Street claimed the life of the recent immigrant as she crossed the street on her way to school at North Seattle Community College.

She was killed at an intersection where neighbors have advocated for a crosswalk. They have cited the large number of people that cross there to access the Number 41 bus line. Documents show that in 2013 their proposal was denied because Seattle’s Department of Transportation said it didn’t meet crosswalk criteria.

A petition was passed around at the vigil, but mostly people were there to mourn a young life cut short.

Just as dozens of people gathered to begin the vigil, a spectacular double rainbow arced overhead.

Her roommate Shraddha Kakshapati told the Seattle P-I that the rainbow represented Khadka’s happiness at seeing all the people gathered for her.

“That’s her. It was her smile. She was smiling,” said Kakshapati.

The rainbow was captured in the P-I photo below. You can see more coverage in the P-I by clicking here.

A double rainbow arcs overhead during a vigil for Sandhya Khadka, a 17 year-old student killed while crossing 5th Avenue Northeast while on her way to school at North Seattle Community College. She was hit by a truck while crossing near Northeast 115th Street. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com, used with permission)

A double rainbow arcs overhead during a vigil for Sandhya Khadka, a 17 year-old student killed while crossing 5th Avenue Northeast while on her way to school at North Seattle Community College. She was hit by a truck while crossing near Northeast 115th Street. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com, used with permission)