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Reservations Manager Killed In Car Crash

A 46-year-old reservations manager with South Seas Cruises, who was killed in a road crash, was described by her brother as irreplaceable. Maria Penjueli was found left behind dead in
30 May 2016 10:27
Reservations  Manager Killed In Car Crash
South Seas Cruises Reservations Manager Maria Penjueli (inset) who was killed in this accident at the Vuda bypass between Nadi and Lautoka yesterday morning. Photo: Fiji Car Crash

A 46-year-old reservations manager with South Seas Cruises, who was killed in a road crash, was described by her brother as irreplaceable.

Maria Penjueli was found left behind dead in the vehicle she was travelling after the driver and two other passengers fled the scene.

Ms Penjueli was returning from an ex-Natabua High School students function in Nadi when the incident happened at the Vuda by-pass, half way between Nadi and Lautoka, yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said Ms Penjueli was thrown out of the vehicle driven by a 19-year-old driver.

“The 19-year-old driver and two other passengers fled the scene after the accident but were arrested an hour later,” Inspector Weicavu said.

Ms Penjueli’s brother, Pene, said from what he had been told a Police vehicle was passing by those in it noticed the vehicle and upon inspection, found Ms Penjueli lying close by.

Ms Penjueli was living with her father, three sons, one of who is in university, two in high school and her daughter, Grace, in Year 2 at Stage Five in Lautoka.

Her brother said their mother arrived from Suva yesterday after learning of the accident.

He described his sister as one he would have never wanted to lose.

“She was irreplaceable. She looked after our parents, her children and always looked out for her younger siblings.”

Her brother said the last time they got together was last Sunday when they had lunch together as a family.

“On Saturday night she rang her children when she was in Nadi to put the chicken out for lunch yesterday as she would cook once she returned from Nadi.

“But when dad came back from church, he saw the chicken still there and my brother at the house and sensed something was wrong.

“She was a very hardworking person and hardly ever missed work.”

It was why she had been promoted recently to the position she held before her death, he added.

“I last met her on Wednesday afternoon when she was on her way home from work and she asked, like she always did, to visit her on my day off.”

He said the family would miss her as she was always there for them all.

The post-mortem is expected to be conducted today.

The driver of the vehicle is now in Police custody.

The road death toll currently stands at 19 compared to 28 for the same period last year.

Ms Penjueli’s father, Timote Penjueli, was too distraught to talk.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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