By Jordyn Jagolinzer, WBZ-TV
BOSTON – Friends and family of Urushi Madani are mourning the loss of the North Andover native and her friend Delanie Fekert of New York. The 25-year-old women were killed in a
“It just weighs on our hearts that we couldn’t be there to protect her,” said her best friend and former roommate Jillian Milch.
“Roosh and I, we lived together for 4 years, we were just completely inseparable.”
The women were sharing a 2007 Lexus SUV on 93 northbound Saturday when they were struck from behind by a tow truck near exit 20 around 10 p.m. A third car hit the tow truck at an angle. The tow truck driver and the driver of the third car involved were not injured.
“She just graduated in 2021 with her doctorate in physical therapy. She hadn’t even finished a full year as a physical therapist after all that time, same with Delanie,” Milch said.
The girls all met at Quinnipiac University and maintained their friendship over the years.
Milch told WBZ that using apps like Uber and Lyft feels like the safest thing to go out. “It’s a different language for people our age who want to call Uber, let’s take Uber, but any time you get into a vehicle, there’s always that factor of an accident,” she said.
Now, an unexpected tragedy has removed a friend who was more like a sister to Milch.
“We’ve always said we’re more like sisters than friends,” she said.
Milch commemorates the moments the two shared with photos stored in a dedicated album for Urushi. “She was one in a million. She was just the best.”
Both families are taking time to mourn the two beautiful young girls, taken too soon.
The driver of the Uber, a 53-year-old Revere man, suffered serious injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The investigation will determine whether there are grounds to press criminal charges in connection with the accident.
A statement from an Uber spokesperson said: “Our hearts go out to the families of Delanie Fekert and Urushi Madani as they deal with this unexpected tragedy. We are working to reach out to the driver and hope he makes a full recovery.”