Two dead

A MOTHER and daughter are the country’s latest road victims after an accident at Nanuku settlement, Ra, along the Kings highway yesterday.

Merewai Vunisa Balekolo and her six-year-old daughter were travelling to Lautoka from Matawailevu for a wedding yesterday morning when the incident occurred.

Mrs Balekolo’s parents were distraught when they received the news and were still in a daze, not believing of the death of their eldest daughter.

“I still can’t believe it,” Navitalai Vunisa, Merewai’s father said. “In my heart I still believe that she is on her way to Lautoka and this is not real.

“We had received a call that she was at the mortuary and we came to the hospital. I’m still questioning how and why this happened.”

Atunaisa Vilive, a canecutter at Nanuku settlement witnessed the accident.

“We had just taken a break from cutting cane to go have breakfast when we heard a loud popping noise,” Mr Vilive said.

“We looked towards the road and saw the car swerving from the left to the right lane and ran into the drain.

“The three passengers at the back were thrown out of the car and their bodies were sprawled in the middle of the road.

“We had run to the road to try and help but we knew it was too late for the mother and child.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the driver and a passenger sitting in the front seat had sustained minor injuries and were being questioned.

“It is also alleged that the 21-year-old driver does not have a driver’s licence,” she said.

* Continued on Page 3

A tearful Mr Vunisa was still trying to come to terms with the loss when he was informed at the hospital.

“They were just with us last night,” he said.

“They were here at home just last night and today they are gone. The doctors had explained everything and I understood that this is the road that each of us will take but I’m still in shock.

“I thought they were just injured, nothing prepared me for this.”

The deceased was married with two children. Her husband had remained in Vunaniu with their son.

“It hurts to have to see them this way. Our pictures of them had been blown away during the cyclone. The bus had left earlier from the village taking those that were bound for the wedding in Lautoka. No one pictured this happening.”

Police yesterday also advised that everyone should take the necessary steps to ensure their lives and property were secure this weekend.

A tearful Mr Vunisa was still trying to come to terms with the loss when he was informed at the hospital.

“They were just with us last night,” he said.

“They were here at home just last night and today they are gone.

“The doctors had explained everything and I understood that this is the road that each of us will take, but I’m still in shock.

“I thought they were just injured, nothing prepared me for this.”

The deceased was married with two children.

Her husband had remained in Vunaniu with their son.

“It hurts to have to see them this way,” Mr Vunisa said.

“Our pictures of them had been blown away during the cyclone.

“The bus had left earlier from the village taking those that were bound for the wedding in Lautoka. No one pictured this happening.”

Police have advised everyone should take the necessary steps to ensure their lives and property were secure this weekend. The road death toll stands at 46 compared with 55 for the same period last year.

More Stories