Names released from fatality in Silsbee

By Daniel Elizondo, Editor

One person was killed as a result of a one-vehicle crash at the corner of North 5th Street and East Avenue J at 1:15 a.m. this morning.

According to Silsbee police, Sailendra Gandhavalla, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle he was driving slammed into a utility pole.

The passenger, Deepak Duggineni, 22, was airlifted to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Silsbee Police Chief Mark Davis said that preliminary reports show that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on North 5th Street, and it appeared to lose control after crossing the railroad tracks.

The car skidded several yards and struck a small minivan in a parking lot of a flower shop before slamming into the utility pole.

Both Gandhavalla and Duggineni are Lamar University students and reside in Beaumont.

An autopsy was ordered on Gandhavalla to determine if there were other contributing factors to the crash. It still remains under investigation.

Silsbee police was assisted by Hardin County deputies, DPS, and Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department officials.

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