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Van Driver Yet To Be Questioned

Van Driver Yet To Be Questioned
When the Fiji Sun visited Mr Lee on Thursday he told a family member that he would not be available for an interview because he was still in a state of shock. Photo: Maraia Vula
June 20
11:54 2015

Francis Lee, the driver of the ill-fated van that veered off the road on Tuesday at Coqeloa outside Labasa, is still pain and shock over the accident.

Meanwhile the three TISI Sangam final year students, Anaseini Curuivalu, Usebia Musuqawa and Rosa Tunabuna, who were passengers in the van, are still being hospitalised after the accident.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro has confirmed they would question the driver after receiving the medical reports on the victims and vehicle examination report.

“At the moment the driver hasn’t been questioned because we are still awaiting the medical reports,” Ms Naisoro said.

When the Fiji Sun visited Mr Lee on Thursday he told a family member that he would not be available for an interview because he was still in a state of shock.

He sustained injuries to his arms and legs and was discharged on Wednesday morning from the Labasa Hospital.

“He’s still in shock and pain and we don’t and he hasn’t told us anything yet about the accident,” the family member said.

It is understood the van belonged to Mr Lee’s uncle, who currently has a contract with the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam Nursing School in Labasa.

The trio were returning to Coqeloa Nursing Station where they were based for their rural attachment when the incident happened.

Ms Curuivalu, who was eight months pregnant, gave birth to a healthy baby girl after Doctors performed emergency Caesarean section.

But Ms Musuqawa, who was five months pregnant, was not so lucky and had to have her baby (in foetus state) removed by doctors.

She is admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in critical condition.

The third victim Ms Tunabuna sustained a broken arm and leg and is still undergoing traction to repair her dislocated left leg.

Meanwhile Ms Musuqawa’s five-month-old baby was buried on Thursday at the Wainiura Settlement in Dogotuki, Macuata.

Ms Curuivalu has only held and kissed her first baby girl, Leenette Vavalagi Curuivalu, once after she was born.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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