An indian American couple taking a stroll on the streets of the US state of Indiana were hit and run on Sunday evening. Both pedestrians, husband and wife were from Columbus city of Indiana, said the police.
30 year old Anshul Sharma died on the spot while his 28 year old wife Samira Bharadwaj was critically injured in the accident.
A 36-year-old man, Michael Demaio, was arrested by the police who later fled the scene. He was driving a red Chrysler minivan and hit the couple from behind near Four Seasons Retirement Centre in Columbus, reported the Republic on Tuesday.
Sharma was pronounced dead on the spot by a Bartholomew County Coroner while Samira was later moved in to a hospital in Indianapolis.
Demaio "failed several field sobriety exercises", the police said. The minivan was found with substantial damage to its hood and a cracked windshield.
The accused, who is now in a county jail, faces a number of preliminary charges, including failure to stop after an accident resulting in death, failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury, operating while intoxicated resulting in death and operating while intoxicated resulting in injury, said the report.
Meanwhile, family and friends of Sharma continued their efforts to take his body back to India and to support his wife, who was in a critical condition.
A spokeswoman of Cummins, a diesel engine manufacturer in Columbus, where Mr Sharma worked as an engineer, said the company was in constant communication with Mr Sharma's family and providing support in efforts to return his body to India.