BOSTON (WHDH) - Family and friends are grieving after two 25-year-old women were killed in a crash involving their Uber this weekend.
Around 10 p.m. Saturday, the SUV the women were riding in was rear-ended by a tow truck, trapping both women inside the car. The truck was then hit by a third car, according to police. Police said both women were dead at the scene.
Urushi Madani, of North Andover, was riding with her close friend Delanie Fekert on their way to meet Madani’s boyfriend at his apartment after dinner. The plan was for Fekert to meet Madani’s boyfriend for the first time, according to Madani’s close friend Jillian Milch.
Milch said Madani was a shining light, and will be missed.
“We were together all four years of college, and to think about going through life without her is hard to wrap our heads around,” Milch said.
Madani had just completed her doctorate of physical therapy in 2021, and had been working as a physical therapist for under a year. Friends described her as a driven, outgoing woman, who was very focused on her studies at Quinnipiac University.
“Urushi was just such an incredible person that I don’t want her to be known as ‘the girl who died in a car accident’ and that’s it,” Milch said.
Milch also shared one of the last text messages she received from Madani.
“I actually didn’t open her reply until Sunday morning, after she had already left us,” Milch said. “And she said, ‘You look absolutely beautiful, I love you so much.'”
In a statement, Uber said “our hearts go out to the families of Delanie Fekert and Urushi Madani as they cope with this unexpected tragedy. We are working on getting in touch with the driver and hope he makes a full recovery.”
The 53-year-old rideshare driver was taken to Mass General with serious injuries. The driver of the tow truck, a Salem woman, and the driver of the third car were not injured. There’s no word yet on whether criminal charges will be filed
“She loved to sing, she loved to dance,” Milch said. “A huge light is just out of this world so quickly, and it’s something that’s really hard to process.”
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