A husband and wife in their 70s died after a crash Sunday just steps from their home in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Prabodh Vaid and Nirmala Vaid were killed, county police said Monday. Prabodh Vaid was 79 and operated a veterinary office out of his home with his wife. Nirmala Vaid was 77.
The Vaids were married more than 50 years, their devastated children, Bobbie Verdon Vaid and Amit Vaid, said.
“I think they’re the most selfless, loving humans that I know. People don’t come that way anymore,” their daughter told News4.
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“I’m still numb. I can’t even believe it. I just feel like she’s a phone call away,” she added.
The Vaids loved their four grandchildren and took care of relatives and community, their children said.
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Prabodh Vaid had treated animals at Foxhall Veterinary Clinic since 1989, the practice’s website says.
“Dr. Vaid is happy to treat and heal every patient he encounters with a loving hand,” the site says.
Officers and medics responded to Georgia Avenue and May Street, in the Glenmont area, at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Detectives determined that the driver of a black Jeep Cherokee was headed south on Georgia Avenue when the Jeep hit a black Toyota Camry whose driver, Prabodh Vaid, was trying to turn left from northbound Georgia Avenue onto May Street.
The force of the crash pushed the Vaids’ car off the road and into their neighbor’s yard. Video footage shows violent wreckage.
The Vaids were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Jeep was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.
The investigation is ongoing. It wasn’t immediately clear why the crash occurred or whether the Jeep driver could face charges. Anyone with potentially relevant information is asked to contact detectives at 240-773-6620.
People who live nearby said they often see drivers speeding well over the 35 mph speed limit.
“That stretch of road is an extremely dangerous stretch,” Montgomery County Council Vice President Evan Glass said.
The Vaids' children want to know how fast the Jeep driver was going and if something can be done to improve safety in the area.
“If anything good comes out of this, it’s that something needs to be done about making these roads safer for everyone,” Bobbie Verdon Vaid said.
Value the time you have with your loved ones, he added.
“Cherish all the moments that you have with your family members. Things like this happen suddenly and unexpectedly, and just cherish every moment you can,” he said.
Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.