Family laments death

The late Arti Chand's brother in law Dinesh Kumar at the home in Valelevu yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

“OUR only wish was that she would wake up from the life support machines she was on.”

These were the words of Dinesh Kumar, brother-in-law of Arti Chand, the second victim of the horrific accident at Kanace Rd in Valelevu, Nasinu, last Sunday.

The accident also claimed the life of her sister, Archana. Ms Chand, 35, was admitted in a critical condition at the CWM Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit afterg the accident and died on Friday.

Mr Kumar said Arti had a big heart and a lot of love for his children.

“She always had surprises for my kids and tried to give them whatever they demanded from her,” he said.

Mr Kumar said his grief-stricken family would find it very difficult to get past the loss of both sisters because of the love and respect for everyone they knew.

He said Arti was preparing to get married in December and these plans would now be abandoned.

The Chand sisters were walking along Kanace Rd with Privasinal Chand when they were allegedly mowed down by a van driven by Viliame Raibulu Ratoto.

He was charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and one count each of breach of zero alcohol limit and manslaughter and remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a Ra man died after he allegedly lost control of the car he was driving, causing it to veer off the road and into a drain.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the victim, who was from Nasavusavu Village, was travelling from Matawailevu to Waimicia about 6pm yesterday when the incident happened.

“The only information we have so far is that he is in his 20s,” she said.

“Investigations continue and a postmortem examination will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.”

The road death toll stands at 55 compared with 48 for the same period last year.

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