By Ram Khatry, Sydney
9 July 2017
Nepalese student who passed away yesterday evening following a serious crash in Sydney’s north earlier this week was the sole provider of financial support to his mother and a younger brother who live in Tulsipur, a town in western Nepal.
Friends of Susan Thapa, whose motorbike collided with a taxi on July 4 before he was hit by an oncoming van, told southasia.com.au that the hard-working international student had been supporting his family for the last two and half years.
Santosh Saurag Bhandari has set up a GoFund page to raise funds to repatriate remains of the 21-year-old student of Information Technology. He and his friends are hoping they can raise enough funds so that some sort of financial assistance can also be sent to the grief-stricken mother.
Mr Bhandari described the Central Queensland University student as a “very decent guy hard worker, good at study”. Mr Thapa had enjoyed a fun-filled day out with him only two days before the tragedy when they went to Hurstville to watch Nepalese movie Saayad 2.
Mr Thapa’s student visa was apparently due to expire in August and he had been trying to “extend visa”.
The deceased had also applied for a sponsored work visa last year only to be rejected in April this year, southasia.com.au was told. He was a trade qualified baker working at an established bakery chain in Monavale. As he was travelling back to his unit in Auburn, Mr Thapa’s motorcycle collided with a taxi making him fall on the road before he was hit by an oncoming van, Nine News reported on the day.
The GoFund campaign launched by the friends of Mr Thapa had already raised well over $9,000 in 22 hours of being launched.
A Mona Vale Rd resident who witnessed the aftermath of the crash involving Mr Thapa’s motorcycle told Daily Telegraph that it was the third motorbike accident on the stretch of road since January. Mr Thapa had suffered a cardiac arrest and serious head injuries and was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken by road to Royal North Shore Hospital in critical condition, reports said.