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Ride offer turns tragic

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A 37-year-old woman from New Zealand who stopped to offer a family of four a ride has become the second victim of an accident that occurred last Friday.

Angela Goundar is in a critical state at the Lautoka Hospital after the rental car she was driving veered off the road in Rakiraki.

In the same road accident, eight-year-old Alisha Esther Mudalia died instantly from the impact.

According to west police spokeswoman Naina Ragigia, Ms Goundar was travelling with her five-year-old son, Shivon, when they came across Alisha and her family.

"They stopped and offered the family a ride because they were going to the same place," said Ms Ragigia.

She said Alisha was travelling with her father Yogesh Mudalia, mother Ashwini Lata and seven-year-old brother Aaron Mudalia.

Ms Ragigia said Alisha's family was still admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.

"They are still in a critical condition with Mrs Mudalia admitted in the Intensive Care Unit."

Ms Goundar's death takes the national road death toll to six compared to three for the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the issue of fatal accidents occurring in the Western Division continues to worry police.

According to police, over the past two years, 95 road fatalities were recorded throughout the country.

Of the 95 cases, 56 were recorded in the Western Division alone.