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Death-Step For 65-year Old

Death-Step For 65-year Old
From left: A grieving Vikashni Naicker (left), her mother Parwati Naicker (right) and their grandson. Photo: Salote Qalubau
September 06
09:56 2015

A family of four is mourning the loss of their father, Vathilingam Naicker, after he died in a road accident just a short distance from his home yesterday.

The 65-year-old, of Tagitagi in Tavua, died after the bus he was boarding was hit by a cane truck causing him to be thrown onto the road.

His grandson was with him at the time of the accident.

“My father and my son had gone to town to do shopping at about 8.30am,” daughter Vikashni Naicker, 33, said.

She said her mother, Parwati Naicker, 64, had said her goodbyes to him not knowing that would be the last.

She said her son boarded the bus first and had just walked past the driver when the crash happened.

“My father had just placed his foot on the first step when the impact sent him flying onto the road.

“A iTaukei woman grabbed my son’s hand to save him and even though he got injured on the left side of his face, I am grateful that he is okay.

“A private doctor on his way to Tavua stopped and took him to the Ba Hospital.”

She said she received a phone call at work from her brother telling her what had happened.

“I was crying because couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“Even at his age he was still strong and doing all his household chores and farming.”

Mr Naicker is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

Meanwhile Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed the incident.

He said the driver of the cane truck was being questioned by Police.

The road death toll now stands at 44 compared to 27 during the same period last year.





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