2 killed in crash ID’d as Gwinnett high school students


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Sani Velani and Afaan Asif were students at Parkview High School.

Sani Velani and Afaan Asif were students at Parkview High School.

Velani was driving a 2016 Honda Accord. Asif and two other teens were inside the car.

According to a crash report, the Accord was speeding.

Two high school students were killed and three other people were injured in a weekend crash in Gwinnett County.

According to a crash report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a car with four teenagers inside was speeding on Lawrenceville Highway when it collided with an SUV.

Driver Sani Velani, 16, of Tucker, and passenger Afaan Asif, 15, of Tucker, were killed. Both attended Parkview High School, Gwinnett schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

“The school will have counselors at the school today in order to offer support to any students or staff members who may need it,” she said.

Officers and emergency workers responded to the scene of the crash about 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said. 

A 2016 Honda Accord was heading south on Lawrenceville Highway when a northbound 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe tried to turn left from the center lane onto Kenvilla Drive.

The two vehicles collided at Kenvilla Drive.

The Accord spun clockwise, left the road and hit a power pole, according to the crash report. The Tahoe spun counterclockwise and was knocked into southbound lanes of the highway.

“Two people were trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters using hydraulic rescue tools,” Gwinnett fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

One of them was identified as Velani, who died on the scene.

Asif and another passenger were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Asif died en route to the hospital. The condition of the passenger, identified as 16-year-old Rutesh Kakadiya of Lilburn, was not known Tuesday morning.

A third passenger, Taha Muhammed, 15, of Tucker, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with injuries. Kiara Oliver, the driver of the Tahoe, was taken to the same hospital.

It was not clear Tuesday morning how they were doing.

Oliver, 37, of Norcross, had no passengers in the Tahoe at the time of the deadly crash, police said.



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