On January 23, on-duty Seattle police officer Kevin Dave rammed his car into Jahnavi Kandula, an Indian student at Northeastern University’s Seattle campus.
July 25, 2023 | 09:13 AM IST
In 2021, Jahnavi Kandula came to Seattle from Bengaluru, India.
The footage shows the 23-year-old North East University graduate student crossing the road at a designated crosswalk when she was hit by a speeding car. The footage also revealed that the police also failed to deploy their sirens to warn others of the emergency nature of the situation.
At the time of the crash, Officer Kevin Dave was responding to a “high priority” call and was driving his car at 74 mph. The speed limits at the intersection of Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street are 25 and 20 mph, respectively.
Shortly after the crash, bodycam video showed the officer performing CPR on Kandula. “I f–ked up,” Dave was heard saying after the fatal incident at the intersection of Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street.
“The lights were on. I was blaring the sirens…she was in the crosswalk. She saw me and she started running across the crosswalk. Hit my breaks. She started backing up before crossing,” police can be heard telling the responding officer.
The video shared by the outlet did not include the moment Dave’s car hit the woman, out of respect for Kandula’s family.
A native of Bengaluru, Kandula came to Seattle to pursue a master’s degree at Northeastern University in 2021. She was pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems in the College of Engineering and was scheduled to graduate this December.