Sizzling Tandoor chef Khushal Rana, struck by a vehicle last week as he walked along Gorge Road, died as a result of his injuries.
Police are still investigating the incident where a 25-year-old Saanich woman was travelling east on Gorge Road West, when her 2003 Chevrolet Suburban mounted the sidewalk and struck him.
Restaurant general manager Kirn Bawa, who has been spearheaded fundraising efforts through a GoFundMe page, confirmed the news Sunday morning on the site, which has so far raised more than $54,000 for Rana’s family. He leaves a wife, a four-year-old son and unborn twins.
“It’s with heavy hearts and regret that we inform our community that Khushal Singh Rana unfortunately succumbed to his injuries yesterday evening after fighting a strong fight over the past few days,” Bawa wrote on GoFundMe. “Despite everyone’s prayers and the phenomenal efforts of the medical team at VGH, he unfortunately had to leave us far too soon.”
The plan is to keep the GoFundMe page running, Bawa wrote, “as his wife and children will need our help now more than ever.”
Incredibly, this was the second Sizzling Tandoor staffer to die in the past year after being struck by a vehicle while walking. In January a bartender from the restaurant’s Langford location was hit by a vehicle in Saanich and passed away from his injuries.
“It’s a lot,” Bawa told Black Press in a recent interview. “Our company has been going through that grieving process slowly and then even if this was fresh it would be tough, but I think it’s even tougher now … it’s the second set of bad news.”
Donations for Rana’s family can be made at http://bit.ly/2xXRR94