PALO ALTO -- A San Bruno family reeling from a Black Friday car crash that claimed the life of its soon-to-be-wedded daughter got more devastating news when her younger sister succumbed to her injuries.

Sheetal Tandel, 20, died Friday night at Stanford Hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol. Her sister Nisha Tandel, 24, died at the scene of the early Friday morning collision on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

Four other members of the family -- the driver, Arvind Tandel, 48; his wife, Yogita Tandel, 34; another sister, Payal Tandel, 22, and a 12-year-old sister whose named was not released -- remain hospitalized at Stanford Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

On Saturday afternoon, distraught friends of the Tandel family gathered at the somber home in a tidy San Bruno neighborhood just west of El Camino to await news of the survivors.

Yogita Tandel, who suffered major injuries, was in critical condition late Saturday at Stanford Hospital. Arvind and Payal Tandel and the youngest sibling suffered moderate to minor injuries and were hospitalized at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

The family had been shopping for gifts in Gilroy to take with them to India for the eldest daughter's wedding in January. Just before 7 a.m., as they headed home, the family's gold Lexus 470 SUV veered right and hit the rear-left corner of a CHP car on northbound Highway 101 near Palo Alto's Oregon Expressway.


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The vehicle then flipped over and rolled multiple times, killing bride-to-be Nisha instantly when she was ejected from the vehicle. Sheetal, who was also ejected, died about 8:30 p.m. Friday. The CHP said it was initially unclear whether they were wearing seat belts.

The father, his wife and the two other sisters, who remained inside the vehicle, were wearing seat belts, the CHP said.

The CHP officer, who had pulled onto the shoulder of the highway to help a disabled white Ford 350 pickup truck, sustained minor facial cuts and bruises.

At the time of impact, the patrol car was using its flashing directional signals to indicate that traffic should stay to the left, said CHP Sgt. Diana McDermott. The shoulder of the highway was wide enough to accommodate both the patrol car and the truck, side by side, she said.

The CHP closed most lanes on northbound 101 for six hours Friday as it investigated the accident. The investigation quickly ruled out any use of drugs or alcohol but has not ruled out the driver falling asleep at the wheel as a possible cause.

Staff writers Robert Salonga, Pete Carey and Eric Kurhi contributed to this report. Contact Lisa M. Krieger at 650-492-4098.