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Rosi Mourns Road Death of Grandad Who Looked After Her

When I returned home yesterday (Thursday) at 4pm, my siblings told me the news about what happened to my grandfather. I couldn’t believe it because he had brought me up when my other relatives neglected me.
26 Oct 2019 12:00
Rosi Mourns Road Death of Grandad Who Looked After Her
Sisilia Rosi (left) and her cousin Vani Traill at the home of the late Josua Matanisiga in Velovelo, Lautoka on October 25, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Sisilia Rosi was visibly shaken as she tried to come to terms with the tragic death of her grandfather, who died in a road accident at Sabeto, Nadi, on Thursday morning.

Ms Rosi, 19, along with her siblings and parents shared their one-bedroom house with her grandfather, Josua Matanisiga.

“I finished my exams on Wednesday and had gone to do my clearance on Thursday morning. It was then he told me that he would be going to visit my bedridden grandmother in Nadroga,” she said.

“When I returned home yesterday (Thursday) at 4pm, my siblings told me the news about what happened to my grandfather. I couldn’t believe it because he had brought me up when my other relatives neglected me.”

She said her 67-year-old grandfather was a former employee of the Nadi-based Bigfoot Security company.

“My grandfather raised me. He was a man who always cared and loved me and his words of advice to me were to always think of my parents because they also faced hardships,” she said.

“The news hurts me. I never thought that he would die that way, especially since my grandmother is bedridden.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident

“A man in his 60s died after he was bumped by a car driven by a 47-year-old man from Sabeto, Nadi. The alleged incident occurred on Thursday morning along the Queens Road, Aerotown in Nadi,” she said.

Ms Naisoro said it was alleged that Mr Matanisiga was trying to cross the road when the incident occurred.

“He was rushed to the Nadi Hospital and passed away later in the afternoon. The driver remains in custody as investigations continue,” she said.

The road death toll now stands at 47 compared to 60 for the same period last year.

Mr Matanisiga is survived by his wife, five children and 16 grandchildren.

Sisilia Rosi (left) and her cousin Vani Traill at the home of the late Josua Matanisiga in Velovelo, Lautoka on October 25, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Sisilia Rosi (left) and her cousin Vani Traill at the home of the late Josua Matanisiga in Velovelo, Lautoka on October 25, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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