Parents thank Government for payout

Accident Compensation Commission CEO Parvez Akbar with Wilfred Underwood and Adi Vani, parents of Nabou accident victim Joseph Underwood during the compensation payout event in Nadi. Picture: FELIX CHAUDHARY

WILFRED Underwood, the father of the late Joseph Underwood — one of the Nabou accident victims — says he will use the $75,000 compensation payout to buy land and build a house for the family.

Mr Underwood was one of three road accident victims’ families who received compensation from the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji yesterday.

His son, Joseph Underwood, was seriously injured during the horrific road accident at Nabou, Nadroga on August 4.

He was rushed to the Lautoka Hospital and went into a coma, but died a week later in the intensive care unit. “I have lost my only son and my only child, nothing will bring him back,” Mr Underwood said.

“But I will use the $75,000 compensation to buy land and build a home in memory of my son. “I was working hard on my farm and doing construction work so that I could build something for his future, but now he has done that for me and my wife, Adi Vani.

“So we will build something in his memory. “I am so grateful to Government, the ACCF and all those who have come forward and have been with me and my family during this very difficult time.”

Manasa Boseiwaqa, the father of Josua Boseiwaqa, 7, who died after being hit by a four-wheel drive vehicle in Natabua, Lautoka, on May 29 this year, also thanked Government and the ACCF for the compensation payout.

Mr Maslamani, whose son Praneet Gounder died in a motor vehicle accident on January 17, 2018, at Waimalika, Nadi, said he was also thankful for the payout.

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