Tragedy befalls

Laisa Tuisue with her daughter Milika Sorowaqa with a picture of her nephew Josua Bosewaqa at Natabua in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

WHEN Laisa Tuisue kissed her nephew Josua Boseiwaqa goodbye on Tuesday morning before he boarded the bus for school, she had no idea that it would be the last time she would see him alive. Ms Tuisue said her heart sank and she found it hard to accept it when police officers brought news that the seven-year-old had died in a road accident not far from their home.

“I dropped him off with my daughter in the morning and by the afternoon she came home with her cousins saying that Josua was gone,” she said.

“I did not want to believe it, but when the police came home I knew it was true. “We’re still in shock because we keep expecting him to come home.”

She said Josua’s family was suffering the most because the St Thomas Primary School Year 2 student was their only son.

“His father is the only male in the family and Josua is his only son. This is a huge loss for them. “And they are finding it difficult to cope with the loss because Josua was supposed to celebrate his birthday next week.”

Ms Tuisue said Josua’s parents had left for Beqa last Friday to attend to their farm. They supported his education through the sale of produce and root crops from the farm.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the accident was being investigated.

She said the accident occurred at 3.30pm at the Fiji National University junction while the seven-year-old was crossing the road.

Ms Naisoro said he was hit by a vehicle driven by a 54-year-old contractor from Vaivai settlement.

She added that the driver was in police custody.