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Husband Recalls Last Words With Wife

A family in Kalekana, Lami, is still trying to come to terms with the death of their wife and mother following an accident along Marine Drive in Lami yesterday. Verenaisi
22 Jan 2015 10:25
Husband Recalls Last Words With Wife
Still in shock... Family of Verenaisi Buka, daughter. Photo: Aqela Susu

A family in Kalekana, Lami, is still trying to come to terms with the death of their wife and mother following an accident along Marine Drive in Lami yesterday.

Verenaisi Buka, 47, was returning from enrolling her second youngest daughter, Anaseini Soqo, at Lami High School, when she was hit by a vehicle.

The accident happened during the heavy rain and thunderstorm that pelted Suva yesterday. The four-wheel drive vehicle was travelling towards Suva.

Her husband Makario Namotu was in tears as he recalled the last time he spoke to his wife.

“We still cannot believe that she had died because we had just prayed together this morning (yesterday) before she left to go and enroll our daughter at Lami High School,” Mr Namotu said.

“Our youngest child is still in primary school and school has just started, I really do not know how we will cope with her death.”

He was relayed the news of his wife’s death when they received a call from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. The couple had been married for 15 years. Mrs Buka is survived by her husband, five children and a granddaughter.

Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle, Simione Ramatau, was still in a state of shock when he was interviewed.

He said he could not remember what happened to Mrs Buka after his vehicle hit her.

“I was driving towards Suva when I came across a blocked drain that had water overflowing onto the road. The back tyre of the vehicle skidded due to the water and when I tried to apply brakes the vehicle started spinning and veered to the next lane,” Mr Ramatau said.

“I could only remember the side of the vehicle hitting the lady who was walking along the footpath before hitting a concrete post.

“When I got off the vehicle I saw the lady so I stopped a Police vehicle and I stopped it and the lady was transported to hospital. She was unconscious when we saw her.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro is advising all motorists to take precautionary measures while driving during bad weather.

Feedback:  aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 

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