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Cary woman, granddaughter killed in Ohio crash

Posted June 16, 2015

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— A Cary woman and her 5-year-old granddaughter died Sunday when the family's minivan ran off the side of a highway in Ohio, authorities said.

The family was heading to Chicago for a funeral when Rubena Elahi, 27, of Cary, fell asleep at the wheel at about 4 a.m., authorities said. The 2006 Honda Odyssey ran off northbound Interstate 75 north of Dayton, Ohio, hit a tree and ended up in a ditch.

Elahi's mother-in-law, Khurshid Chaudhry, 65, and her daughter Azan were killed in the crash. Chaudhry was in the front passenger seat, while Azan was lying across the third-row seats, authorities said.

Elahi and her husband, Muhammad Chaudhry, 28, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Muhammad Chaudhry was seated in the second row with the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Izna, on his lap. The girl was treated at Dayton Children's Hospital for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.


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  • Michi Gauss Jun 16, 2015
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    Murder is the intentional taking of a life with premeditation and malice; this is not murder, though a child not in an appropriate car seat is against the law. BTW, are you suggesting the death of a child is not tragic? Back in the day when I was a kid seatbelts weren't required, let alone car seats for children. Amazing that we made it to adulthood considering the odds were against us.

  • Rick Price Jun 16, 2015
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    This NOT tragic. The child was laying across the seat . This is murder.

  • Veronica Hammond Jun 16, 2015
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    This is terrible. With 3 adults in the car, I hope she wasn't the sole driver and this was simply her shift. Either way, to lose a mother and child at the same time is tragic.