THE death of a 32-year-old mechanic who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of his car has left his widow in shock and a family in grief.
Deepak Kumar became the country's latest road fatality when his vehicle veered off the road and tumbled twice before landing upside down at Momi, outside Nadi late Sunday night.
Yesterday, as relatives and members of his community gathered at his home, his wife Anuradha was still trying to accept his tragic end.
"I still can't believe it," she said.
"It's a shock for me. Everybody is shocked because he was well-liked and was always helping people and did everything for me and others. He was the best person in the world."
She said her husband was returning from a friend's house in Nawai when the accident at Sariyawa Rd claimed his life.
"The police came to inform me shortly after the crash but when I went to the site, they sent me home because they still couldn't see him properly."
She said their only child, two-year old Dhirish Daksh Kumar, was too young to fully comprehend his father's loss but kept asking for him.
Kumar's body is expected to undergo a post-mortem examination at the Lautoka Hospital today.
Police confirmed that the three other passengers travelling with him were treated for minor injuries at the Nadi Hospital and sent home.
The road death toll now stands at 36 compared to 25 for the same time last year and investigations are continuing.