Indo-Canadian man’s killing in a fatal road crash left his family devastated and the family members of the deceased are finding hard to believe that he is gone for ever,
Khushal Rana died after being hit by a car on Oct. 21 at Saanich.
Khushal Rana had only been in Victoria for just over two months but his death, after being hit by an SUV while walking to a bus stop to go to work, sparked an outpouring of community support for his family.
Family and friends of the 31-year-old man will remember his life at a funeral today. He was struck on Gorge Road West on Oct. 18 and died in hospital on Oct. 21.
His wife, Meena Devi, pregnant with twins, and their four-year-old son Ankush have been staying with Prahlad Singh, a friend who has known the family since 2010.
At Singh’s bungalow on Monday, Ankush played with dinosaur toys, given to him by hospital staff during one of Devi’s routine checkups.
Ankush, who has big brown eyes and curly hair tied in a bun, last saw his father on the morning of Oct. 18, when he blew out the candles on his birthday cake. Rana had taken a few hours off work to celebrate with the family. He worked as a chef at the Uptown location of Sizzling Tandoor.
Saanich police have not said what caused the SUV to go out of control and strike Rana, Singh said. He knows investigators have spoken with two witnesses and he is hoping they can provide key information.
Singh and another friend, Vara Prasad, met Rana while working in the kitchens of upscale hotels in India, the Fairmont Jaipur and the Jaipur Marriott Hotel.
Rana left India in 2013, landing in Surrey, where Prasad was working as a chef. The two worked at the Satya Asha restaurant in Surrey.
Rana’s permanent residency was approved last April and his wife and child were able to join him in Canada.
With the twins on the way, the family was planning for the future. “Now it’s all shattered,” Longia said.
Rana would send some of his earnings to his parents, who live in the village of Chamiyala in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Rana was the youngest of five children and all of his siblings still live in India. His parents are not in good health so are unable to travel to Canada for the funeral, Singh said.
Singh said he’s overwhelmed by the support from so many people, including many who had never met Rana. A fundraising effort for the family has gathered $119,000.