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Student Fatally Hit by Vehicle in California; ID’d by Authorities

Student Fatally Hit by Vehicle in California; ID’d by Authorities

A tragic incident occurred in Hayward last week, where a young exchange student from India lost his life just two days after being struck by a vehicle while riding an e-bike.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau has confirmed the identity of the victim involved in the collision as Sai Ram Gollapalli, a 22-year-old resident of Hayward.

Gollapalli, a graduate student from India, was studying computer science at California State University East Bay. His sister, Shiva Krishna Konduri, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for repatriating his body.

An accident occurred near the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Orchard Avenue around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. According to the initial police reports, Gollapalli was said to be riding a scooter. However, his sister later clarified that he was actually riding an e-bike while on his way to visit her when the incident took place.

“Sai is an exceptional brother, friend, and son that people aspire to have in their lives,” Konduri expressed.

She spoke highly of Gollapalli, praising his strong work ethic, polite demeanor, and lovable nature. In a subsequent update revealing his passing, Konduri mentioned that her brother’s kidneys were generously donated to two individuals in need.

The driver involved in the incident has been identified as a 36-year-old man from Hayward. Authorities have reported that he stayed at the scene and has been fully cooperative with the ongoing investigation. According to the police, intoxication is not considered to be a contributing factor.

The GoFundMe campaign has exceeded its target of $85,000, with a total of almost $127,000 raised as of Thursday afternoon.

Another tragic traffic collision occurred in Hayward in 2024, adding to the growing number of fatal accidents in the area. If you have any information regarding the incident, please reach out to the Hayward Police Department’s Traffic Bureau at (510) 293-7066.

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