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Co-workers mourn clerk’s death

Co-workers mourn clerk’s death
L - R: The accident vehicle in Lautoka, The late Ronish Kumar, Co-workers of the late Ronish Kumar, (from left) Prem Pratap, Ravineel Chand and Ugesh Singh look at their late co-worker’s empty desk at Shop and Save Warehouse in Lautoka on July 9, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
July 10
13:20 2018

A 35-year-old clerk is the latest road fatality after a freak accident in Lautoka on Sunday night.

Ronish Kumar, who worked for Shop and Save Warehouse in Lautoka, died after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle at Field 40 junction.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Lautoka Hospital after being rushed there.

Yesterday Mr Kumar’s work colleagues expressed disbelief after they heard the news that their friend and work colleague was no more.

Many expressed grief and shock at the news.

Riten Ugesh Chand, a receiving clerk at the warehouse, said that he was still unable to absorb all that happened.

Mr Chand and Mr Kumar were the same age and had a special connection.

He said he used to begin the day with prayers with Mr Kumar.

“I always come in the morning and tell Ronish that we need to pray,” he said.

“Ronish was a person who loved to socialise with everyone. The best part about him was that he was a very expressive and an outgoing person.”

Warehouse manager Prem Pratap said he received the tragic news in the early hours of Monday.

“I just cannot describe what has happened and this is really shocking news for us,” he said.

“For the entire time that I got to know him, he was very polite and a decent guy. He was a very down to earth person.

“Whenever I go to town he would say, ‘mama (uncle) bring something for me’.

“He was an excellent worker.”

Mr Kumar worked at the warehouse in Lautoka for a year before his untimely death.

Another colleague Ravineel Chand, who sat next to Mr Kumar, said he was always the first person he saw and greeted at work.

“As soon as I reached the office I always used to shake hands with him,” he stated.

Yesterday, however, was different.

“I came in and I did not see him at his desk,” he said.

“I tried to call him, but his phone was switched off,” he said, adding that he was in shock after he heard the news.

Seeing Mr Kumar’s desk empty will now be the most difficult thing for him.

“We always used to help each other out if someone was stuck in a particular work,” he stated.

“He never shouted at anybody, was just so polite to everyone.

He was like a brother to me.”

Mr Kumar is survived by his wife and their only son, his brother, sister and mother.

The accident happened after a 58-year-old man returning from Nadi with three other passengers made a U-turn at Field 40 junction and collided with the car driven by Mr Kumar.

The other two passengers coming from Nadi were treated and sent home while one has been admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.

Investigations are continuing.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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