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Woman Dies After Allegedly Being Pushed Into Path of Vehicle: Police

Woman Dies After Allegedly Being Pushed Into Path of Vehicle: Police
From L: deceased Mrs Akeneta Kelea (47) with children Ratu Semi Uluinaceva (11), Semelia Kurukurucake (20) and Bulou Uluinaceva (17). PHOTO: SUPPLIED.
September 10
13:17 2017

A woman has died after she was allegedly pushed onto the Queens Highway in Lautoka on Friday night.

Akeneta Kelea was allegedly pushed onto the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

A man, believed to be in his mid 20s, was caught and subdued by those selling mangoes along the busy highway and handed over to the Police.

Ms Kelea, of Navutu Settlement, was usually with the group of fellow villagers selling mangoes near the Navutu roundabout everyday.

Her husband, Ifereimi Ikaniwai, 56, was overcome with grief yesterday after losing her.

“I really loved her and am missing her so much now,” the tearful Mr Ikaniwai said.

Four hours earlier she had just said goodbye to him after she had asked him to check their youngest son’s school report, at Saint Thomas Primary School where he, Apete, was in class one.

“After coming home, I was told she had gone to the roundabout and after awhile the news was brought to me.”

Mr Ikaniwai said the suspect had been staying with them.

But there had been problems over his behaviour and habits.

“One day I told him to leave the house as I did not want my other children to follow suit as he was setting a bad example.

“I still can’t believe I have lost my wife as everything happened so fast.”

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, confirmed the incident yesterday.

She also said that the victim was allegedly hit by a vehicle driven by a 27-year-old school teacher at around 6:15pm.

Ms Naisoro said Ms Kelea was allegedly pushed onto the busy road during an argument.

“She was selling mangoes on the roadside when the incident happened. The victim was conveyed to the Lautoka Hospital.”

One of Ms Kelea’s daughters, Bulou Uluinaceva, 17, a Year 12 student of St Thomas High School in Lautoka vividly remembers the last time she spoke to her mother before she passed away.

“My mum came to my school for Parent’s Day and she told me to work hard in school.

“Hours after, she was back near the Queens Highway selling mangoes and pastries by the road,” Bulou said.

Elina Tinanisalala, younger sister of the deceased, said her sister was a hardworking and patient person.

“She worked hard to send her children to school and one of her daughters is even in USP due to her hard work.”

Eyewitness Iasano Vura, 38, of Navutu Settlement, who was also selling mangoes by the roadside said he could not sleep on Friday night as he had seen the accident right in front of him.

“The deceased was picking up the plastic of mangoes to carry it to the other side of the road for the customer when the suspect, believed to be mentally-unstable, allegedly pushed her in front of an oncoming vehicle.

“She started bleeding as her skull and arms sustained injuries from the accident.”

He said that the accused person started running away.

“With the help of other individuals selling mangoes, we got a hold of him and he was later taken to the Police station,” he said.

“We rushed the victim to the hospital and she was still alive. At around 7pm the doctors informed us that she was no more.”

He added that she was a hardworking person, good at storytelling and shared jokes with others which would be missed.

Ms Naisoro also confirmed that the suspect was in Police custody and the post mortem would be conducted soon.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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