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Trip turns tragic

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 18, 2018

A DEVASTATED Masla Mani Goundar could not hold back his tears as he grappled with the news of his son's sudden death.

Praneet Goundar died in a car crash yesterday in Sabeto, Nadi.

Mr Goundar said he last saw his son when he left for work on Tuesday morning.

"He didn't come straight after work, but he called us telling us that he was going out with his friends. I didn't know that was the last time I would be speaking to him," he said.

Praneet's mother, Vijay Lakshmi, said her son's death would leave a huge void in their life.

"He was a very good boy with a kind heart. He was always very friendly and liked to make people laugh," she said.

According to police, the vehicle Mr Goundar and his friends were travelling in veered off the road in the early hours of yesterday.

One of the young men who helped retrieve Mr Goundar from the wreck was Sabeto resident Anare Wakawaka.

He said the car was completely submerged when they arrived at the scene of the accident.

He said three of the people rescued from the car wreck were conscious while a fourth man was unconscious.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the incident occurred at the Waimalika bridge after 1am.

"The victim was travelling with three others and it is alleged the 23-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle resulting in the unfortunate accident," she said.

Investigations continue.

The road death toll stands at zero compared with three last year because the post-mortem examination had not been carried out, said Ms Naisoro.








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