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Teenagers killed in Alpharetta crash were UGA high school and undergraduate students

The crash happened in the northbound lanes of Westside Parkway, just past Maxwell Road, between Hembree Road, Tuesday evening, according to Alpharetta police.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A community is mourning the loss of three 18-year-olds who were tragically killed in a single-vehicle crash in Alpharetta just before 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The crash happened in the northbound lanes of Westside Parkway, just past Maxwell Road, between Hembree Road, according to Alpharetta police. The driver of the car lost control, the car overturned and crashed into the tree line. Speed ​​is believed to be a factor in the crash, police said.

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There were two other people inside the car during the crash. They were rushed to the hospital, but 11Alive is not aware of their condition at this time. One of the victims who remains at the hospital is a senior at Alpharetta High School. The second victim hospitalized is a Georgia State University student and was the driver of the vehicle, police said.

What we know about the 3 victims killed

The three people who died in the accident were identified on Wednesday as Aryan Joshi, 18, Sriya Avasarala, 18, and Anvi Sharma, 18. Police said Joshi and Avasarala died at the scene, while Sharma died Wednesday at North Fulton Hospital.

Avasarala and Sharma were both students at the University of Georgia, having just completed their junior years.


UGA released a statement Wednesday evening regarding their deaths.

“The University of Georgia community mourns the lives lost in this tragic accident. Our deepest condolences go out to their families and loved ones as they navigate this difficult time. We hope their memories bring comfort and strength to all those who knew them,” the statement said. read.

Joshi was a senior at Alpharetta High School and was scheduled to graduate in just over a week, on May 23. Principal Mike Scheifflee sent a letter to students’ parents Wednesday, sharing the news and asking families to keep his family in their thoughts during the difficult time.

“There are times when it is necessary to communicate news that is painful for all of us. In those times, we must be prepared to support each other and our students. This saddens me to inform you of the passing of senior Aryan Joshi,” Scheifflee wrote.

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Alpharetta High School has put together resources for students to help them grieve the loss of one of their friends and classmates. Students can either speak with a CARE team member in the high school auditorium or text AHSRaiders at 1-844-201-9946. The school is also partnered with mental health partner, Summit Counseling.

“Thank you for supporting our students during this difficult time. We ask that you keep Aryan’s family in your thoughts as well as the Alpharetta High family,” the principal wrote in the letter.