Family of Melbourne USF student stunned by deadly crash - FOX 35 News Orlando

Family of Melbourne USF student stunned by deadly crash

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Four Florida families are stunned after the sudden loss of their sons who were away at college. 

Investigators say someone was driving the wrong way on Interstate 275, near Tampa, when they crashed into a car and killed four fraternity brothers from the University of South Florida on Sunday.

Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, of Melbourne, was the oldest of the four men who died.

The others were Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, of Orlando; Dammie Yesudhas, 21, of Melbourne and Imtiyaz Ilias, 20, of Fort Myers.

Ankeet's family told Fox 35's Keith Landry he had huge dreams, a kind heart and the wit of a comedian.

Ankeet Patel grew up in Melbourne and was studying business at USF.

Harshad Patel, Ankeet's father, told us he hasn't slept since he heard the news.

Patel said his son was kind and helpful. He wanted to work at a Wall Street investment company.

Patel said he got the news of his son's death at 5 a.m., a devastating wake-up call.

"He said he's not ok. He passed away. And that's it, that's the end of my life. He died."

Ankeet and three fraternity brothers were driving home from a fundraising event when the head-on collision happened. 

Deep in grief, Patel said he has some advice for parents. 

"Share every moment what you have with your kids. You never know what will happen."

We talked to Ankeet's sister, Krupa Patel.  She said, "He was the light in our family. He would make everybody laugh."

Patel said her brother was witty and bright. He sent her a text the other day asking her to send him pizza money. She regrets that his young life will never be fulfilled. 

"He was turning into a young man," she said. "I wanted him to get married and have kids and play with his kids."
Patel said he resents the wrong-way driver who also died. 

"To be honest, I wish he was alive because I want him to see all the pain that we feel, every single person feels."

Ankeet Patel and his three friends were part of the Sigma Beta Rho fraternity at USF.  The group raised $50,000 in one day to help the families of their fallen brothers.

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