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Good Samaritan Saves Girl After She Was Hit By Car

“The car allegedly hit the young girl. She was flung into the air, hit the car’s windscreen and landed on the road. She was bleeding heavily,” Mr Chand said.
14 Feb 2020 13:46
Good Samaritan Saves Girl After She Was Hit By Car
Pritesh Chand (left) with Salote Marama and her mother, Yvonne Toutou, at Cunningham on February 13, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Pritesh Chand had no second thoughts when he picked up 11-year-old Salote Marama from Cunningham Road, Suva, and took her to the hospital on Wednesday morning.

Salote was allegedly hit by a car as she tried to cross the road from in front of a bus.

Mr Chand, who was waiting by the road for a taxi to attend a job interview, managed to stop a taxi and rush Salote to hospital for treatment.

“The car allegedly hit the young girl. She was flung into the air, hit the car’s windscreen and landed on the road. She was bleeding heavily,” Mr Chand said.

“What angered me was the fact that the driver of the vehicle was attempting to drive off. I shouted to her to wait and not to run, but it looked like she did not want to stay. So, I flagged a taxi, put the girl inside and took her to Tamavua Hospital.”

Salote suffered injuries to her head and body after she was hit by a car just metres away from her home at Cunningham. This is the same road she crosses every day since starting school.

The vehicle that hit Salote was allegedly driven by a Police officer. She was approached for comments, but she said she was advised by the Police not to talk to the media.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro also confirmed that the accident took place on Wednesday adding that their investigations were continuing.

Salote’s brother, Waisale Tuinavitilevu, 14, said she had pinched his hand to free herself from his grip and ran across the road.

He said the bus was full, so they were going to cross the road and catch the bus that was parked across the road.

Waisale said Salote had crossed in front of the bus at the time of the incident.

Mum’s testimony

Salote’s mother, Yvonne Toutou, learned about the accident from Waisale.

“I realise that my daughter crossed the from the front of the bus, but that is no excuse for the driver not stopping. From what my son told me, the driver stopped further down the road and then drove away,” Ms Toutou said.

“I urge the authorities to put road humps here. There have been many traffic incidents along Cunningham Road where children have been killed while trying to cross the road.

“My daughter has learnt a hard lesson in life about crossing the road.”

Meanwhile, Mr Chand attended the job interview late, but fate was on his side. His new employer understood the reasons and Chand starts work next week.

Edited by Percy Kean

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