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Fatal crash victims identified

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Gazette Staff
May 26, 2010
— A five-vehicle pileup that left two people dead Monday was caused by a Janesville woman whose car was entering Interstate 90/39 at Shopiere Road, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol's preliminary investigation.

Authorities identified the victims as Sunil Laxman Shinde, 35, and Swati Manohar Gambhir, 32. The victims were married in India and recently moved to Madison from Maryland, Rock County Coroner Jenifer Keach told WCLO Radio.


The couple's only relatives are in India, she said.


The crash happened about 5:16 p.m. when a Lincoln Zephyr driven by Michelle R. Parpipilo, 32, Janesville, entered the westbound Interstate and collided with a westbound Toyota Corolla driven by Gambhir, State Patrol Lt. Brad Altman said.


Gambhir lost control of the Toyota and crossed the median. The Toyota struck two eastbound vehicles—a Chevy Tahoe and a Volkswagon Golf—then a semitrailer truck struck all three vehicles, he said.


Parpipilo continued westbound, according to a news release.


Gambhir and Shinde were pronounced dead at the scene.


The driver of the Tahoe, Henry J. Schmidt, 73, and his passenger, Martha Schmidt, both of Antioch, Ill., were treated and released at Beloit Memorial Hospital.


The drivers of the Golf, Jessica M. Lucido, 24, Madison, and semi, Derrick B. Marshall, 48, Boston, Ga., were not injured.


The crash occurred in an area with heavy traffic and no cable barriers, Altman said.


No citations had been issued as of Tuesday afternoon, and the crash remained under investigation.



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