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Victim of St. Croix Crash No Longer in Critical Condition

April 30, 2008

By Mary Divine, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

Apr. 30–The condition of one of the women pulled from a sport utility vehicle that plunged into the St. Croix River in Stillwater earlier this month has improved.

Kalaiselvi Vijayakumar, 25, was listed in serious condition this morning at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, said Jennifer Kovacich, a hospital spokeswoman. Vijayakumar had been listed in critical condition since the April 13 accident.

Another woman injured in the accident, Deepa Vellusamy, 25, was listed in fair condition last weekend at Regions Hospital. Kovacich said the hospital would no longer release condition information on Vellusamy or confirm whether she was still a patient at the hospital.

Two other occupants of the vehicle died. Rohini Krishnamurthy, 27, of Minneapolis, died April 15 at Regions; Mohanraj Pothiraj, 28, of Edina, died April 14. The official cause of death for both was complications from hypothermia and near drowning.

Officials said the four friends — all originally from India — had rented an SUV for a day trip to Stillwater.

All four victims were working for Infosys Technologies, a software services company based in Bangalore, India. The four were assigned to the Ameriprise Financial account in Minneapolis.

The accident, which happened about a quarter-mile north of the Stillwater Lift Bridge, remains under investigation.

Mary Divine can be reached at 651-228-5443.

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