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Avinesh Gopal
Sunday, January 19, 2014

A TRIP to visit a relative turned into tragedy for a family yesterday with the death of their two loved ones.

Family members were on their way to Rakiraki from Nausori when the rental car they were in veered off the road and tumbled near Korovou Town in Tailevu yesterday morning.

Dhirendra Ram, 48, who was supposed to return to Australia tomorrow with his wife and two sons, was driving the car. He was in custody at the Korovou Police Station yesterday.

The accident first claimed the life of his sister Sashi Kala, 58, of Vuci Rd in Nausori.

His mother Ram Rati, 78, was conveyed to the CWM Hospital from Korovou but she succumbed to the injuries at about 3:30pm yesterday.

Nilam Kumar, a relative, said Mr Ram, his wife and two children came from Australia to spend Christmas and new year in Fiji.

"They were staying at my place in Suva for the past month and on Friday, they left for Nausori to stay with a relative and then to go to Rakiraki today (yesterday)," she said.

"Mr Ram was going to visit his elder brother in Rakiraki so he took his mother, sister and my 12-year-old niece whom I've looked after since she was small."

Mrs Kumar said the vehicle was nearing Korovou Town when the accident happened.

"I've been told that another vehicle overtook Mr Ram's vehicle and he slowed down, which resulted in the car being pulled to the side because of the gravel.

"The car went off the road about 15 metres and tumbled, resulting in Mr Ram and his passengers getting injured.

Mrs Kumar said Ms Kala died a few minutes after the accident while Ms Rati was at CWM Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, where she died at about 3:30pm yesterday.

She said Mr Ram's wife and two sons aged seven and six years, and her 12-year-old niece suffered injuries in the accident.

"Those who suffered injuries were treated at Korovou Hospital and they have been referred to CWM Hospital for X-rays and scans.

"It's really a sad day for us, as an elderly family member and her daughter have lost their lives in the accident," she said.

Police confirmed two people had died in yesterday's accident near Fulton College in Tailevu.

While no confirmation could be obtained from police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro on the road death toll, it is believed yesterday's accident has increased the road death toll for 2014 to three.

In the first week of January, a man died when the taxi he was in hit a culvert in Savusavu and tumbled.

The law enforcers have continuously been advising people to drive within the speed limit and to take precautions when on the roads.

Police confirmed two people had died in yesterday's accident near Fulton College in Tailevu.

While no confirmation could be obtained from police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro on the road death toll, it is believed yesterday's accident has increased the road death toll for 2014 to three.

In the first week of January, a man died when the taxi he was in hit a culvert in Savusavu and tumbled.

The law enforcers have continuously been advising people to drive within the speed limit and to take precautions when on the roads.


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