In less than a week, an online collection has brought in nearly $10,000 for the Tandel family as well as streams of condolences from mourners. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 150 people had donated.
A funeral is planned Friday for Sheetal Tandel, 20, and Nisha Tandel, 24, who died after an SUV in which they were passengers crashed and rolled over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto on Nov. 23. The family has asked the memorial remain private.
Four other Tandel family members were also in the gold Lexus when it veered off the road and smashed into a California Highway Patrol cruiser. Police believe the dead women's father, Arvind Tandel, 48, may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The father, his wife, Yogita Tandel, 34; another sister, Payal Tandel, 22, and a 12-year-old sister who wasn't named, were rushed to Stanford Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center after the crash. Their medical conditions were not available Thursday.
Stanford doesn't release patient updates and Valley has discharged Arvind and Payal Tandel as well as the youngest sibling.
Raquel Ferrari, a former classmate of Sheetal Tandel at Notre Dame High School Belmont, launched the fundraising effort. Ferrari wrote in the online appeal that the money would go toward an "engraved water globe and additional financial support to the family in their times of hardships." She didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Nisha Tandel was to be married in India in January and the family had been shopping for gifts in Gilroy to take with them to India for the wedding before the crash happened.
Ferrari wrote on the fundraising site that Sheetal Tandel "was such a brightening presence in our high school experience, always beaming with excitement and laughter."
To donate to the fund, go to www.gofundme.com/sheetal-nisha-memorial#description.
Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.