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Boy, 6, Hit By Vehicle While Crossing

Boy, 6, Hit By Vehicle While Crossing
April 29
10:50 2016

A mother of a Year One student is in shock after her son was hit by a private vehicle at Naqere in Savusavu on Wednesday.

Patirisa Tuilevuka, 44, said she was at work when she received a call from the Savusavu Hospital.

“The medical staff told me my son, Josevata Vuluma, was in critical condition and he was brought to the hospital by a National Fire Authority (NFA) officer,” Mrs Tuilevuka said.

“When I saw him admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), he was in great pain. He had cuts and bruises in his mouth, forehead, knees, arms and hands and was finding difficulty in talking and moving fingers.”

Mrs Tuilevuka said her neighbours told her that at around 3pm, Josevata, who is a student of Nasavusavu District School, got out of the school bus and went behind the bus to cross the road.

This is the second road accident involving a school student this week in Vanua Levu.

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said a 49-year-old businessman was driving the vehicle.

“He is not taken into Police custody yet as we are waiting to receive the medical report of the victim,” Inspector Weicavu said.

“We again would like to warn drivers to be more careful when driving near school vicinities after school in the afternoon and before school starts in the morning.”

He said Police were also advising drivers to be careful when approaching buses discharging passengers especially school buses and other public transport discharging school children.

“Drivers play a vital role on road safety and we appeal to you to always practice defensive driving and obey all road rules for the safety of all road users,” Inspector Weicavu said.

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