N.C. Dad and Son Killed in Crash Remembered as the 'Most Amazing Men': 'It’s Very Tragic,' Says Daughter

Kris and Dhruva Chellani were driving home from a community event when their vehicle was struck, killing the father-son pair

<p>GoFundMe</p> Kris and Dhruva Chellani


Kris and Dhruva Chellani

A North Carolina family is mourning the loss of a beloved father and son, who died in a car crash last week.

Loved ones said Kris and Dhruva Chellani were returning home from a community event on Thursday when a driver traveling in the opposite direction entered their lane and hit their vehicle, according to CBS affiliate WNCNABC affiliate WTVD and NBC affiliate WRAL.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a 45-year-old driver hit Kris' Tesla with his Chevrolet Suburban SUV, per WRAL.

The father and son were killed, while Nina Chellani, Kris' mom, was seriously injured, per the report. Among her injuries is a broken back.

"In an instant, their world shattered, leaving behind family and friends grappling with unimaginable grief," read a message written on a GoFundMe page set up to help the family.

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Nina was transported to a nearby hospital, where she underwent surgery, according to the GoFundMe page.

The State Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

<p>GoFundMe</p> The Chellani family


The Chellani family

"It's very tragic. It's hard to deal with," Dhruva’s daughter, Krystal Chellani, told WRAL. "I don't know how I'll ever come to terms with the fact they're truly gone."

"They will never be forgotten," Krystal added. "They were legends – the two most amazing men that were ever on this earth, and they will be truly truly missed."

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The Chellanis’ apparel shop, Classic Carolina, located on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, is currently closed in the wake of the tragedy, per WNCN and WTVD.

The store has been in the family since 1993 and was expected to reopen on Saturday after undergoing renovations, according to the GoFundMe.

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"Kris and his dad worked extremely hard to renovate the entire store and give it a complete makeover," loved ones wrote in the fundraiser’s description, noting that the father and son "had many exciting plans" for the family-owned business.

"It’s very devastating to have had to cancel the grand re-opening and keep the store closed indefinitely," the message read.

Kris had been expected to eventually take over Classic Carolina, WTVD and WRAL reported.

"His dad put in everything he had, and he was so excited to retire," Kris' girlfriend, Tanvi Bhandary, told WTVD. "He was excited for his son to take over."

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A memorial for the father and son has formed outside the business, according to WNCN.

Kris was also popular on social media, having garnered more than 100,000 followers on TikTok. "Kris just loved putting a smile on peoples' faces," Bhandary told WTVD.

Highway Patrol investigators and the Chatham County District Attorney are expected to meet to discuss potential charges, according to WRAL.

As of Wednesday morning, nearly $90,000 had been raised via GoFundMe to support the Chellani family.

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