A Tavua community is in mourning after two members of a family that recently celebrated a wedding and the bride were tragically killed in a horrific road accident on Friday while two others remain admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.
Housewife Savita Devi, son Alvin Kumar a mine worker and daughter-in-law Sheenal were killed when the rental car they were travelling in collided head-on with a bus at Karavi, midway between Ba and Lautoka at midday.
Praveen Kumar, also a worker at the Vatukoula Gold Mines and newly married son Shelvin Kumar suffered serious injuries during the accident and are still admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.
Family member Ashneel Kumar informed The Fiji Times that they were returning from the Nadi International Airport after dropping off relatives who had attended the wedding two weeks ago when the accident happened.
"Shelvin had just got married two weeks ago at Waiwai in Ba and this is a real tragedy for our family and also for his new bride, Sheenal's family. We have suffered a huge loss. Alvin was very popular in our community, he never caused trouble and he got on with everybody here in Malele. His mother Savita Devi was also very well-liked and will be missed," Mr Kumar said.
Meanwhile the driver of the bus will appear at the Ba Magistrates Court this morning.
Fiji Police Force spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the 26-year-old driver was charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of dangerous driving causing harm.