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Christmas tragedy

December 25
12:00 2010

image Written By : LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO and ANA MADIGIBULI. It was a miserable Christmas Day for a family in Yako Village in Nadi when they lost their son in a fatal road accident early yesterday.
Opeti Lolo, 21, died instantly just a few metres away from his home at around 2am.
Police said Mr Lolo and the driver of the private car they were travelling in had allegedly been drinking.
“The news is shocking. It was unexpected, especially when it was on Christmas Day,” Siteri Waiwai, who is Opeti’s aunt, said yesterday.
She said Opeti’s father was still trying to get over the fact that he lost his son, especially when Opeti’s mother died recently.
“Opeti is the youngest of three siblings and had just started work at Denarau Island as a security guard with Matrix security,” Ms Waiwai said.
Opeti, who recently celebrated his birthday with the family and friends, was described as a very honest boy by the villagers who said he was a great helper.
An uncle said it was indeed a sad Christmas for the village of Yako.
“It is a sad Christmas for the village of Yako because we have lost one of our own flesh and blood and a boy who was indeed dedicated to his family and friends,” Opeti’s uncle Ifereimi Dawai said.
Police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri said Opeti was thrown out of the car when the accident occurred.
“It is understood they were travelling at high speed.
“The driver is currently being admitted at the Nadi Hospital with major injuries,” Inspector Sokomuri said.
He has advised motorists to be very careful when on the roads and to avoid drink driving.
“The drivers are not to drive while under the influence of alcohol because that will only lead to accidents,” Inspector Sokomuri said.
“We call on everyone to be responsible in order to avoid accidents.”

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