Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 6 December 2019

Emirati exchange student, 20, killed in US car crash

Suhail Alderei was studying at the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis

Alderei's crashed Chevrolet Corvette lies at the side of Interstate 65 in an image released by Indiana State Police. The Emirati was struck by a drunk driver, police say. Courtesy: Indiana State Police
Alderei's crashed Chevrolet Corvette lies at the side of Interstate 65 in an image released by Indiana State Police. The Emirati was struck by a drunk driver, police say. Courtesy: Indiana State Police

An Emirati exchange student was killed by a suspected drunk driver in a head-on collision in the US on Sunday night.

Suhail Alderei, 20, was driving with a male friend down a busy highway when his Corvette collided with a Kia driving in the wrong direction.

Indiana State Police said Alderei was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Kia, Anna Warner, 21, was also killed.

Suhail was an exchange student at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Suhail was an exchange student at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

“The Indiana State Police Regional Dispatch Centre received a report of a wrong-way driver north bound on I-65 in the south bound lanes,” a statement from police said.

“Preliminary investigation shows that a silver 2015 Kia was northbound in the southbound lanes travelling in the centre lane.

“The Kia struck a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette head-on. The Corvette was occupied by two males.

“The driver of the Corvette was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lake County Coroner.”

Alderei was enrolled at the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis and was about to start his third year of study.

His body has since been flown back to his family in Al Ain for burial at Al Waqan cemetery, according to Al Khaleej newspaper.

The passenger with him was taken to a local hospital following the crash for treatment for "non-life-threatening injuries".

Updated: November 13, 2019 04:28 PM

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