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Mother’s Dreams Crushed When Son, 5, Dies After Road Accident in Naitasiri

Mother’s Dreams Crushed When Son, 5, Dies After Road Accident in Naitasiri
Christine Margret explain the last she saw her 5 year-old son, Petero Masikerai before the accident at Bureni Settelment at Waibau, Naitasiri on July 04, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
July 06
14:22 2017

A mother’s dreams to see her son going to school for the first time was crushed when the five-year-old died in an alleged hit-and-run incident on Tuesday.

The accident occurred at Bureni Settlement in Waibau, Naitasiri.

Christine Margaret is still shocked after the death of her son, Petero Masikerai.

She said the driver of the carrier who was allegedly responsible for the accident just drove away.

But Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro has confirmed that a man, believed to be the driver of the fatal accident, was now in Police custody.

“The driver will be produced in court once he has been formally charged,” she said. Ms Margaret said: “I heard a bang from outside the house and that was the time I knew that it was my son on the road.

I left everything and came running and my son was lying in front.

“His nose was bleeding. Even his stomach was bust but that carrier just went past.”

Ms Margaret said her son and other family members were watching movies at her sister-in-law’s place just across the road.

“I was at home when the accident took place at about 3:30pm. At 4:25pm he passed away.” She said that she always took care of her children at home.

“I don’t allow them to go near the road. I always close the door when I am home looking after them but yesterday my sister-in-law brought him this side,” Ms Margaret said.

“I woke up and I was doing the laundry and cooking at the same time. My son came home, peeped inside the house and I told him to take a bath.

“My sister-in-law sent him again to call my husband who was watching a movie across the road. “I don’t know what happened, my son was just an innocent boy.”

The family rushed the child to the Nausori Health Centre where he passed away. “Last night was a night of misery for me. I could not sleep and I kept thinking about my son,” she said.

“I felt the emptiness. Not just his physical presence but I felt that a part of me had died with the tragic accident.” The estimated distance between the two houses is about 400 metres apart.

The post mortem will be conducted today.

The road death toll stands at 30 compared to 27 for the same period last year.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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