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Shocking Deaths: Two Children Killed In Separate Incidents Over The Weekend

Police confirmed that 12-year-old Tito allegedly tried to jump onto the back of the truck while the driver was reversing, however, he slipped and was trapped under the vehicle.
28 Oct 2019 10:42
Shocking Deaths: Two Children Killed In Separate Incidents Over The Weekend
The late Tito Muavesi Bukadrokadroka

A family on Taveuni island in the North and a community of Ba in the Western Division are in mourning following the death of loved ones at the weekend.

Both casualties succumbed to injuries they suffered when motor vehicles in reverse gear ran over them.

In Taveuni 12-year-old Tito Muavesi Bukadrokadroka allegedly slipped when trying to jump onto the back of a reversing truck and in a similar incident in Ba, a one-year-old girl died when a car allegedly ran over her in their compound.

From Taveuni, a father’s hopes that his son will one day attend Ratu Kadavulevu School and fulfil his dream of becoming a fireman was cut short after the freak accident on Saturday.

Police confirmed that 12-year-old Tito allegedly tried to jump onto the back of the truck while the driver was reversing, however, he slipped and was trapped under the vehicle.

He was rushed to the Taveuni Hospital but was pronounced dead.

His father Leone Bukadrokadroka, said they have lost their hope in the family.

“Tito was a very hardworking and a loving boy, we depended on him for so many things like looking after our livestock, getting food from our farm and looking after his five siblings,” he said.

“No matter how many times I ask him to do something for me, he will do it with all smiles on his face, he never says ‘No’’ to anything.

“He was a very good boy, and this is what we will all miss even the villagers and his school mates.”

The Year Seven student of Vuna District School was a deputy head boy.

“He wanted to be a fireman,” Mr Bukadrokadroka said.

“One thing that we will miss the most is Tito waking everyone up in the morning for our morning devotion. This morning when we woke up, Tito was gone and there was no one to wake us up for devotion.

“He never misses reminding us every day about our morning and evening prayers.”

In Ba, the Clopcott community is mourning the loss of a one-year-old girl who died in a car accident in their compound.

Clopcott advisory councillor Mukesh Chand said the whole community was in mourning.

Most have put their Diwali celebrations on hold.

Police confirmed the one-year-old girl died after a vehicle driven by a relative reversed and ran over her. The accident occurred last Friday.

According to Mr Chand, the family recently moved to the area.

Police investigations on the two accidents continue.

Edited by Percy Kean

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