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Grandma Watches In Horror As Car Hits, Kills Grandson, 6

Grandma Watches In Horror As Car Hits, Kills Grandson, 6
Rusila Tavaga ,69 grandmother of Semesa Levy who died in an accident at Vuci Road. Photo: Roneel Karthik. INSET: IN HAPPIER TIMES....Semesa Levy (left) with sister Matilda, 4 and William 7.
December 23
10:50 2016

The dreams of a six-year-old becoming a pilot and representing Fiji in rugby 7s were shattered following an accident on Wednesday morning along Vuci Rd, Nausori.

Recounting the horror that has left Semesa Levy’s family heart broken, his 69-year-old grandmother, Rusila Tavaga, said she watched helplessly as a vehicle appeared from nowhere and hit Semesa.

“I am still in shock and I could not control my tears after seeing my grandson being hit by the vehicle,” Ms Tavaga said.

“Things happened so fast. When the vehicle hit Semesa, he flew and landed in the drain.”

Semesa’s father, John Levy, who is a school teacher at Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS), had just left for Australia on Wednesday morning. After learning of the tragic news he posted a comment on his Facebook page in the iTaukei language: Sobo luvequ… nodaru veitautaunaki… kavoro na utoqu (Oh, my child… our promise… my heart is broken).

Semesa was a Year One student at the Londoni Primary School in Tailevu. He was the second eldest of three siblings.

With tears flowing Ms Tavaga said she ran towards Semesa.

“I called out to my neighbours for help explaining to them that Semesa is in the drain,” she said.

“They then lifted Semesa from the drain. When they lifted Semesa from the drain only his hands were moving. His nose and mouth were bleeding.

“Semesa was a very hardworking student. Together with this Semesa was interested in playing rugby and he also wanted to become a rugby player and represent Fiji in sevens.

“He was loving, helpful and respectful child. I will miss him so much.”

Ms Tavaga said she couldn’t believe her grandson was no more.

Moments before the accident, Ms Tavaga said she was trying to direct Semesa across the road.

“It was after 6am when we were having our breakfast and one of our family members was going to the shop,” Ms Tavaga said.

“Semesa followed her and I was not aware about it. He did not inform me and followed the girl. When I came outside, I saw Semesa across the road with the girl.

“I then called out Semesa’s name and told him to return home. I also told him to see that the road was clear before crossing,” she said.

Ms Tavaga said Semesa did not look both ways properly and he crossed the road.

“The owner of the vehicle was speeding and hit Semesa, and the driver did not stop his vehicle,” she said.

“A taxi driver then followed the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle that hit Semesa came back and took Semesa to the Nausori Hospital where Semesa was pronounced dead.”

Semesa’s mother, Emele Levy, works at the Fiji Police Force headquarters at Centre Point, Laucala Beach, in the accounts department.

The family lives within the school compound of RKS in Lodoni, Tailevu.

Ms Tavaga stays with them and looks after the grandchildren.

“We left Tailevu on Tuesday to farewell Semesa’s father who was leaving for Australia for some holiday work. His flight was on Wednesday morning,” Ms Tavaga said.

“After the farewell we came back home. The three children were with me while my daughter went to work. We were to return to Tailevu today (yesterday).”

Ms Tavaga said her daughter was shattered when she received the news of her son’s fatal accident.

“My son-in-law would have returned home before the school holidays end,” she said.

But Mr Levy returned from Australia yesterday.

Semesa’s funeral will be held at Nasole in Nasinu tomorrow.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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