Bellaire HS student among 3 family members killed in crash on FM 2920 near Waller County, officials say

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WALLER COUNTY, Texas – A Bellaire High School student has been identified as one of three people killed in a two-vehicle crash on FM 2920 near the Harris County-Waller County line on Sunday, according to the Houston Independent School District.

The student was identified as 16-year-old Nikhila Kodali, records show. Kodali’s mother, Vanisri Yalamanchili, 53, and sister, Meghana Kodali, 20, were also killed in the crash.

The crash was reported around 11:30 a.m. at Kickapoo and FM 2920, according to Texas DPS.

According to authorities, the family was traveling in a Lexus LS 430 when the driver failed to stop at a four-way red blinking light and struck a Chevrolet Silverado Dually with a father and his 7- and 11-year-old children inside, DPS said. The father driving the Chevy was not injured and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Cypress and his two children had non-life threatening injuries.

Two of the family members inside the Lexus, Meghana Kodali and Yalamanchili Vanisri, were killed on impact, while Nikhila Kodali was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she later died, according to DPS.

Additional details will be provided as soon as they are available. The crash remains under investigation.

Bellaire High School released the following statement regarding Nikhila Kodali’s death:

Dear Parents,

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On Sunday, September 25th, one of our students died. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students.

HISD has a Crisis Response Team made up of professionally trained specialists to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel during difficult times such as this. Bellaire’s counselors are available for any student who may need any type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources.

We have enclosed some information that may be useful to you in supporting your child at home. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Franklin at 713-295-3704.

We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need.

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