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A DEVASTATING crash killed a family of four after their vehicle was smashed into by a big rig that had ran a stop sign, said officials.

The driver of the truck told authorities that his brakes had failed, resulting in the crash on Interstate 17 on Sunday.

4A family of four was killed in a fiery crash after a big rig failed to stop at a stop signCredit: 12 News 4Dhinesh Nagarajan, 23, along with his brother and parents were all pronounced dead at the sceneCredit: Instagram

Both vehicles were pushed off the road into an embankment when the truck landed on top of the family’s car, engulfing both vehicles in flames.

Parents Gnanappan Nagarajan, 54, and Vijaya Lakshmi-Gopal, 45, were killed in the crash along with their two sons 24-year-old Athish Nagarajan and 23-year-old Dhinesh Nagarajan.

All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves, the parents were visiting Sedona from India to see their sons.

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“That’s especially heartbreaking they were on a family outing when this occurred,” said Graves.

An investigation into the crash is underway, however, troopers don’t believe impaired driving was a factor.

Friends described Athish Nagaraja as a one-of-a-kind and talented person who had big things in store for him.

Athish worked at Lucid Motors and had been quickly promoted within the company, working as a global supply manager.

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Similar kind words were used to describe his younger brother, Dhinesh.

“Dhinesh was so selfless,” said his friend, Lily Rich to 12News. “My memories are so special with him. My freshman year at ASU would not have been as amazing if I hadn't met him.”

The brothers lived in Tempe while their family was abroad in India. 

Dhinesh was a musician and an RA at Arizona State University last year. Rich said that he had been like family to her.

“He made it feel like home to me,” she said. “I’m from Missouri, so traveling to Arizona and starting college is hard and scary and having that somebody like I felt like I could go to him at all times, and Dhinesh made it so clear he was a friend to us.”

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Rich’s friend, Quinn Talbot agreed, calling Dhinesh a “genuine soul.”

“It breaks my heart that he’s no longer with us, but he’s watching over us.”

4Athish Nagarajan, 24, worked as a global supply manager for Lucid MotorsCredit: Linkedin 4The parents, Gnanappan Nagarajan, 54, and Vijaya Lakshmi-Gopal, 45, were visiting from IndiaCredit: 12 News Topics
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