24-year-old loses life in accident

Vishal's father Vijian Raman (left), sister Arishma Raman and mother Sarojani Raman at their home in Cuvu, Sigatoka yesterday. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

TWENTY-four-year-old Vishal Raman’s family of Cuvu, Sigatoka, were at a loss for words as they came to terms with the sudden loss of their son who died in a tragic accident in Nakabuta early Sunday morning.

His father, Vijian Raman, said the family were still coming to terms with Vishal’s passing.

“We didn’t hear from him when he left home on Saturday morning,” he said.

“He was on his way to work and he didn’t come home in the afternoon. “When we tried calling him, his phone was diverted. We called him again on Sunday morning and there was still no answer.

“We only found out through my brother that there was an accident and that Vishal was in an accident. “When we went to the hospital then we found out that he had passed away.”

He said the 24-year-old was his only son.

“He is someone I depended on. This is a big loss to our family.”

Yesterday, the family were preparing to perform Vishal’s final funeral rites at their home in Cuvu. The Sigatoka Electric Ltd employee was in a vehicle travelling along the Sigatoka Valley Rd when the driver allegedly lost control.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the victim was travelling in a three-tonne truck with three others when the driver lost control, causing the truck to veer off the road and tumble down a cliff in Nakabuta.

She said the driver fled the scene and was later arrested.

She said he was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the alleged accident. Ms Naisoro added the other passengers — a male and a female — were admitted at the Sigatoka Hospital, while the driver was questioned by police.

The road death toll stands at 50 compared with 46 for the same period last year.

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