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Victim Was Going To Be A Father

Victim Was Going To Be A Father
Mele with her partner Kitione Tukana who passed away in the car crash on Sunday. Photo: Mele Falahola/Facebook
April 26
11:22 2016

Distraught and pregnant Mele Falahola, 19,  yesterday was still trying to come to terms with the tragic death of partner Kitione Tukana.

The tragedy sent their wedding plans crashing too.

Mr Tukana, 21, died after the car he was in  veered off Ratu Mara Rd, Samabula, Suva, and landed at the bottom of a cliff opposite Bayview Heights on Sunday morning. Two passengers are in critical condition and two others are stable at Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva.

Ms Falahola said: “We were planning to get married after the birth of our first child.”  She is seven months pregnant.

Ms Falahola and Mr Tukana had lived together at his residence in Cunningham, Nasinu.

She said he was a very humble and caring person.

Mr Tukana was a sprinter as a student of Dudley High School. He was a technical drawing student at the University of the South Pacific and worked as a security officer at Taikiris Taxi Base in Cunningham, Stage two.

“We were friends when he was in Dudley High School and as a friend he (Kitione) was very supportive and fun to be around with,” she said.

“We became more than friends when he went to Suva Grammar School in 2014.”

Ms Falahola recalled receiving a call from Mr Tukana on Saturday night from Taikirisi Taxi Base. He said he was going with his brother Eliki and their cousin, Epeli Duaibe, 20, to attend the USP Social Night at Vodafone Arena.

“I did not feel like letting him go because I wanted him to be at work. Usually he comes over at times, but that night I could not stop him from going,” she said.

“I woke up on Sunday morning around 3am. I was waiting for him to come home since he usually is home by 4am, at times by 5am. I received a message from my friend saying she has seen him in Sand Dunes Club in Suva. Around 7am, the Police called Kitione’s sister that both the brothers, Kitione and Eliki, are in Colonial War Memorial Hospital.”

She said when they saw him at the hospital he was unconscious, his heart rate was low and he was struggling to breath.

He later succumbed.

Ms Falahola said: “I touched his hands, tried to talk to him and feel his movements but there was no improvement from him. After a few minutes, at 8.15 am the doctors re-checked him and said he was no more. I tried to shake him hoping he would open his eyes and talk to me. But it was all in vain.”

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki



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