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Toddler’s Birthday Ended Tragically, Killed with Her Father in Car Crash

CARY, NC- A 2-year-old girl’s birthday celebration ended tragically Thursday, when she and her father were killed while driving from Cary, North Carolina, to Myrtle Beach.

The Cary family was headed to the beach to celebrate the child’s birthday.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Monika Deshmukh, 36, ran through a stop sign at the end of the ramp from U.S. 74 to U.S. 410. The family’s Ford Focus ended up in the path of an oncoming tanker truck. A Good Samaritan who helped get the woman and the toddler out of the burning car said he and three others did what they could to save the family.

Mukesh Deshmukh, 37, died at the scene north of Chadbourn in Columbus County and 2-year-old Divija Deshmukh was pronounced dead later that day at a Wilmington hospital, the station reported.

The girl’s mother Monika Deshmukh, who was driving the car, was hospitalized “with critical but not life-threatening injuries,” according report.

“Mukesh Deshmukh worked as software professional in Raleigh…and hailed from small village Bhalki in Nanded district of Maharashtra, India,

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