Wichita State student among 2 teens killed in rollover crash
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A junior at Wichita State University was among two young women killed early Wednesday morning in a rollover crash on the city's southeast side.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office identified the other victim as 19-year-old Lian Awadi, but additional information about Awadi was not immediately available.
Chakra and Awadi were passengers in a 2013 Lexus sedan that was heading westbound near Pawnee and Woodlawn at around 2:30 a.m. when it hit a utility pole and rolled. All three occupants were ejected.
Chakra, who was in the backseat, died at the scene, and Awadi, the front seat passenger, died at the hospital. The 20-year-old driver was treated and released.
The sheriff's office believes the Lexus was likely speeding before the crash. A second vehicle at the scene did not come into contact with the Lexus, but the occupants knew the people involved.
Life Prep Academy shared the following statement from school president Rob Rotola about Chakra and her passing:
"In loving memory of Carol Chakra,
"Carol was a bright and compassionate soul who left us far too soon. Carol, her twin sister Christine, and her older sister Doris came to Life Prep eight years ago as they fled the war in Syria. The year after, their mom, our math teacher, Mrs. Brake, sought asylum in America, fleeing the persecution of being Christians. Carol was an extra-sweet girl who spent countless hours helping her friends, teachers, and school administrators. Carol was loved by students and faculty. She was voted homecoming queen for her senior year in 2021. She had a strong faith in Jesus as her savior. Carol was a great example of a young lady who was a role model to our younger students.
"Carol was a junior in college at WSU , where she was pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse. She was born on December 1st, 2003, and grew up as the beloved twin sister of Christine and the cherished daughter of Hala Brake.
"Carol's impact went far beyond the classroom. She had a heart of gold and an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place. She was known for her kindness, her caring nature, and her willingness to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed. Carol was a volunteer at heart, always eager to offer her time and support to those in need. Her selflessness touched the lives of many, and her legacy of kindness will continue to inspire us all.
"What truly set Carol apart was her infectious smile and warm, welcoming personality. She had an uncanny ability to brighten up any room she entered. Carol had a unique gift for making everyone around her feel valued and loved. She cared for her mother and aging grandparents. She was driven and motivated to always get A’s in her classes. She desired to have a good career so she could support her mom, who gave up everything for her and her siblings.
"Carol Chakra may have left this world too soon, but her memory will forever be etched in our hearts. We will remember her as a loving daughter, a devoted sister, a dedicated student, and a caring friend. In her honor, let us carry forward her spirit of kindness and generosity, making the world a better place, just as she did.
"Rest in peace, dear Carol. You will be dearly missed, but your love and light will shine forever in our hearts."