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Three More Die On Roads

Three people died on our roads in separate accidents in the past three days. A man died yesterday at Edinburgh Drive in Suva after he was allegedly hit by a
10 Mar 2015 12:46
Three More Die On Roads
The late Joana Tailasa.

Three people died on our roads in separate accidents in the past three days.

A man died yesterday at Edinburgh Drive in Suva after he was allegedly hit by a minivan.

A four-year-old girl died last Saturday after she was hit by another minivan in Nakaile, Tailevu.

In Vatuwaqa, Suva, a man died after he was struck by a car, last Saturday.

The fatalities bring to eight the road death toll so far this year. At this time last year, 14 people had died.

A family in Nakaile Village in Tailevu is still trying to come to terms with the death of its youngest member.

Joana Tailasa, who was to turn five this Friday, was allegedly hit by a minivan driven by a 56-year-old man, at the village road junction at about 7pm last Saturday.

She was a kindergarten student of Nabitu District School in Tokatoka, Tailevu.

Her grandmother and namesake Joana Tailasa said she was devastated and was still in a state of shock.

“She was with her four siblings at home and wanted to follow them to the plantation,” a distraught Ms Tailasa said.

“Three of her siblings had crossed the road, and two of them were on the horse. She was crossing the road when the two on the horse tried to chase her back. That was when the minivan hit her.”

She claimed the minivan hit and dragged Joana a few metres.

Ms Tailasa said her parents were in Nausori when the accident happened.

“My namesake was my pet. Her parents had plans to buy a cake and other stuff for her birthday.

“She was to celebrate it with her classmates in school,” she said.

The post mortem was conducted yesterday. Funeral arrangements have not been finalised.

In another incident, 40-year-old Sekaia Lasarusa died after he was hit by a car at Fletcher Road, Vatuwaqa, last Saturday.

He was rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva but was pronounced dead.

The car was driven by a 22-year-old, Police said.

Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the driver was trying to overtake another vehicle when it hit the victim who was crossing the road.

Police are also appealing to motorists, pedestrians and passengers to be careful while using the road.

“Fiji Police would like to remind the parents and guardians to look after their children on the road,” Inspector Sokomuri said.

 

Drowning probe

Meanwhile, investigations over a four-year-old-girl who allegedly drowned at a club pool in Suva will begin after the post mortem.

Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the focus on the girl’s parents would only begin after the cause of death was known.

The girl was found floating in the pool at a private club where her family was attending a birthday party.

She was rushed to the Suva Private Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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