Funeral for five family members killed in horrific Surrey crash to be held Friday

Published: May 1, 2013

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

The five members of Surrey’s Sachdeva family killed in a horrific crash last weekend will be laid to rest on Friday.

Local businessman Jolly Sachdeva, the proprietor of Sachdeva Sweets and Restaurant, lost his wife, Reena Arjot, son Aanish, 5, daughter Jessica, 3, mother, Vidya Wanti Sachdeva, and sister, Neelam Rani Dhingra, in the tragic collision on Sunday.

According to a cousin, the funeral service will take place at the Riverside Funeral Home and Crematorium in Delta, B.C., Friday morning, but it is not open to the media.

“We’re not talking to anyone,” the cousin said, adding the family is still grief-stricken from the disaster.

Sachdeva’s family was killed as they drove in a Toyota Corrola near 176 Street and 32 Avenue on their way back from a religious service.

The driver of a Dodge Caravan allegedly ran a red light at the intersection and smashed into the family’s vehicle, shearing it in two. Speed is believed to be a factor.

The 46-year old male driver from Langley remains in hospital in stable condition.

The Sachdevas’ restaurant is a popular lunchtime eatery located in a strip mall on 120 Street in Surrey.

Neighbouring businesses were left shocked and devastated by the tragedy.

Dr. Inderjit Dadiala, who works as a dentist two doors down, was deeply saddened when she heard about the tragedy that struck a family she’s worked next to for 11 years, adding that not only are Jolly and his baby twins left utterly alone, but Jolly’s sister Neelam has also left behind two children.

“It’s so sad to see so many kids motherless now,” she said from her dental office.

Dadiala often visited their restaurant — a place for her to unwind and enjoy an evening tea. She recalled the young Aanish and Jessica riding their bicycles behind the plaza.

“They were so cute,” she said. “The husband is in shock … it’s just difficult to go through this.”

“It’s shocking news in the Punjabi community,” said Darshi Dhillon, owner of Darshi’s Hair & Beauty Centre, another neighbouring business. “Everybody, you know, like their morale is down now.”

“They’re such a hard-working family,” Dhillon said.

With a file from The Canadian Press

lcahute@theprovince.com
twitter.com/larissacahute

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Jolly Sachdeva, of the Surrey family-run business Sachdeva Sweets and Restaurant, is left mourning the death of his wife, Reena, five-year-old son Aanish, three-year-old daughter Jessica, sister Neelam and 68-year-old mother Vidya following a horrific crash Sunday. Here, a bouquet of flowers graces the door of the restaurant on Monday, April 29, 2013. Ric Ernst/PNG

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