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Fil-Am student dies in Indiana car crash

/ 08:12 AM March 01, 2017
Indiana car crash

PHOTO from Samantha Salvador/Facebook

A 20-year-old Filipina-American nursing student has died in a car crash in Gary, Indiana.

The news site of Chicago Tribune reported that Samantha Salvador, a resident of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, was one of the three passengers of a green Honda Civic that crashed Thursday night last week.

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The Honda Civic, driven by 19-year-old Rose Katcher, was on 1-65 in Gary when she tried to take a left turn onto US-20, but due to the foggy climate in the area, they crashed onto a concrete median and then bumped a Chevrolet Malibu that was heading on 1-65.

Heavily injured, Salvador passed away while being taken to Northlake Hospital, while her two other schoolmates, Sammy Walus and Lindsay Hofmeister were confined in separate hospitals. Katcher suffered minor injuries.

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Salvador,  who hails from Bacolod City, was taking up nursing at Valparaiso University in Indiana, which organized a prayer vigil for Salvador and her recovering friends.

“Earlier this week, we lost a beloved member of our campus community, student Samantha Salvador, as a result of a car accident involving three of her fellow nursing classmates,” the school’s Facebook update read.

A close friend of Salvador set up a GoFundMe page to assist the family in raising funds for her funeral expenses. The page has raised $19,075 (P956,000), exceeding its $4,000 (P200,000) target.  Gianna Francesca Catolico /ra

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