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Family mourns loss

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, February 26, 2018

A BA family is in mourning after the death of their father and husband on Saturday night near Tau Village, Nadi.

Semi Vueti, 53, died after he allegedly lost control of the truck he was driving.

Police chief operations officer ACP Maretino Qiolevu said villagers living near the accident scene did their best to assist him when the accident happened.

"The victim was transporting logs and as a result of the accident, he was trapped inside the vehicle after which villagers managed to pull him out," he said.

"He was conveyed to the Nadi Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival."

Mr Vueti's brother Ifereimi Nakauta, who is the turaga ni koro (village headman) of Vadravadra Village, Ba, said the family was still trying to understand the events that led to his death.

"Semi was a very experienced driver," said Mr Nakauta.

"He worked on a lot of big projects and drove all kinds of big trucks for many years before he began with the logging company this year. He was a very hard worker and a former Fiji rep in soccer and played alongside stars such as Ivor Evans and Epeli Rokoqica.

"Everyone here knew him and we will all miss him because he was a hardworking man who always looked after his family."

Mr Nakauta said a passing motorist had stopped at Vadravadra early yesterday morning and conveyed news of the truck accident.

Mr Vueti is survived by his wife and 15-year-old son.

The road death toll now stands at seven compared with 10 for the same period last year.

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