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Six-Year-Old Still Recovering As Investigation Continues

‘The vehicle was driven by a 37-year-old salesman of Soasoa, Labasa when he allegedly hit the boy at Saint Mary’s Primary School’s driveway’
18 Jul 2019 12:03
Six-Year-Old Still Recovering As Investigation Continues

Labasa Police are still carrying out an investigation into a case involving a Year One student who was allegedly hit by a private car on July 10 (last Wednesday).

This was confirmed by Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro yesterday.

“The vehicle was driven by a 37-year-old salesman of Soasoa, Labasa when he allegedly hit the boy at Saint Mary’s Primary School’s driveway,” Ms Naisoro said.

“The same driver conveyed the victim to Labasa Hospital and the student is still admitted.

“The driver will be questioned soon as the investigation continues.”

Sitiveni Baleisuva of Lajonia, Labasa suffered injuries on his right leg and knee.

The six-year-old student’s mother Milika Vakalolo while sitting beside him on his Labasa Hospital bed said she was shocked to receive a call from the school informing her about the accident.

“When I arrived at the hospital, my son told me the driver of the vehicle brought him to hospital,” Mrs Vakalolo said.

“He said the driver was going to pick his son at the same school and was speeding on the school driveway.

“He and other students were walking in single line to get into a school bus when the incident happened around 2.40pm.”

“I don’t know what exactly happened,” she said.

“All I want to say is that drivers should drive slowly when they see children on the footpath or on any road.

“Secondly, teachers on patrol duty should be alert and control the movement of the children on the footpath, crossing and the road.

“I have only one son and I hope he recovers quickly.

“I am an unemployed mother and my husband is a small scale farmer.

“We are both affected by this incident.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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