Aditya said: “One minute later, he was lying on the street, covered in blood.
Aditya describes those moments as like a bad dream – he was drifting away and lost consciousness after the collision.
“The only thing I remember is my wife, Deepshikha, sitting on the sidewalk screaming that Pronoy is dead,” he said.
Within minutes, Deepshikha, a doctor, said she could tell he was gone.
“I think it will be difficult for any of us to live a normal life,” said Aditya. “I don’t see us being healed 10, 20, 30 years later. This incident will always stay with us in one form or another.”
Aditya is still recovering from the accident.
“Yes, physically I am fine, but the emotional trauma will never go away, no matter what happens in the future,” he said. “We feel a strange hopelessness. Nothing will bring him back.”
Family friends have described Pronoy as extremely bright and extremely kind, always helping others even as a child.
Pronoy’s death sent shockwaves through the community. It was hard to handle for his 4-year-old brother who was counting on him.
“He also kept playing the event over and over,” Aditya said. “He kept telling us about it. When he was in the bathtub, he was drawing pictures of someone being run over by a car.”
The family is disappointed that Almanza, the suspected driver, remains a free man and it took a long time for investigators to arrive at his home.
“There are a lot of things in the system that we feel could be improved,” says Aditya.
The family is now appealing to anyone who can help Almanza to stop and help authorities find him.
“Just do the right thing,” Aditya said. “Even if you’re close to him, just realize what he did, and how wrong it was, and how it destroyed so many lives.”
Until last month, the family thought they might be in New Mexico forever. Now they have decided to move soon and return to the East Coast. No matter where they go, the holidays will always remind them of Pronoy.
It’s ironic, says Aditya – he and his wife came to the US from India many years ago because they wanted to provide a better, safer life for their children. They remember, back then, they specifically told their friends still in India how safe the roads in America were.
Police said Almanza was speeding, ran a red light and was caught in the video drinking in the bar minutes before the accident happened.
U.S. Marshals are now leading the search — which is not limited to New Mexico — according to a statement Thursday from an APD spokesperson. There is also a $10,830 reward from Crimestoppers for information in case.
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