Indian-American couple, teen son die in car crash off Florida highway

Boby and Dolly Mathew with their younger son Steve Manoj 

Family and friends buried a Coral Springs, Florida couple and their son on Sept. 7, four days after they were killed after their car plunged into a pond in Deerfield Beach. The couple, identified as Boby Mathew, 47, and Dolly Mathew, 41, was traveling with their younger son Steve Manoj, 16. They are survived by their older son Austin who wasn’t traveling with them.

They died after being trapped in a submerged car that veered into a pond just off the Sawgrass Expressway. News reports, quoting investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol said Boby Mathew was driving a 2006 Honda Accord with one of his sons and his wife when he lost control of his car as he turned onto the ramp to Florida’s Turnpike, investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol said. The Tampa Bay Times reported that all three were taken to a nearby hospital, where two were pronounced dead on arrival, and the third died later.

According to a report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Boby Mathew was an agent with Keller Williams Realty in Coral Springs for about two years. His team manager told the paper that Mathew would light up a room with his personality and his friendship. I can’t imagine if he had any enemies because this is the kind of guy everybody liked.” His colleague, Ed Kies, told the paper that the Mathew family was very involved in their Indian church. Boby was an awesome man of God,” Kies said. “He loved, loved his family, he loved his church, he was an incredibly hard worker.”

According to an obituary on Dignity Memorial funeral home’s website, Boby Mathew was born in Kothamangalam, Kerala. He completed his B Tech in Mechanical Engineering before moving to U.S. where he got an MBA. Dolly Mathew was raised in Pune, the obituary said.

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