Over Rs. 4cr raised for 13-year-old Indian-American hate crime victim
Around Rs. 4.2 crore has been raised via a GoFundMe page for the treatment of an Indian-American hate crime victim, Dhriti Narayan, who was plowed down by a motorist in Sunnyvale, California, on April 23. The 34-year-old motorist, Isaiah Peoples, hit her and her family as he thought they were Muslims. As per reports, the 13-year-old seventh grader is still in coma. Here's more.
Dhriti was hit by motorist while crossing road in Sunnyvale
On the day of the incident, Dhriti was crossing a road in Sunnyvale along with her family when Peoples, an Iraq war veteran, hit them intentionally. A total of seven people were injured in the incident, including her father, Rajesh Narayan, and nine-year-old brother, Prakhar. After suffering from severe head injuries and trauma in the incident, Dhriti went into coma, and still remains unconscious.
GoFundMe page went live 8-days ago, over 12k people donated
The fundraiser page went live almost eight days ago, and since then almost 12,400 people have donated money for her medical costs. The GoFundMe page described her as a kind and generous teenager. "While our hearts and prayer go to Dhriti for her speedy recovery but a huge medical bill and potential rehab costs are expected for her recovery," the post stated.
Funds surpassed the initial goal by almost a crore
It further read, "We, friends of Dhriti's family, who were touched by her and her family's caring and helpful nature, are actively working with family members and other friends along with appropriate organizations and organizing this fund-raising campaign to support the family at this difficult time." According to the official page, the initial goal was to raise around Rs. 3.4 crore for Dhriti's treatment.
Peoples is detained by court, next hearing on May 16
Meanwhile, Peoples is reportedly suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder, and recorded no injuries in the incident. However, he is facing eight counts of attempted murder. On May 3, he was presented before the Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose. Until his next hearing, which is on May 16, he is being detained at the Santa Clara County Jail.