Mum, Son Die In Crash After Plea Ignored

 Tulia Masere was holding her baby Isoa Vatubuli in the back seat when the accident happened near Verata, Nausori on Saturday.
28 Mar 2022 15:18
Mum, Son Die In Crash After Plea Ignored
Tulia Masere’s family (From left) Sokoveti Vakasau (sister), Timaleti Masere (mother), Savenaca Tokainavo (father), Siteri Tinai (sister), Senei Cegu (sister) and the deceased’s eldest son Isaia Mara, 4, at their home in Naivicula Village, Wainibuka, Tailevu on March 27, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

A woman recalled yesterday that her daughter’s plea to the alleged drunk partner not to drive was ignored.

The daughter, Tulia Masere, and  her one year old son Isoa Vatubuli, were killed in a freak accident in the early hours of Saturday near Verata, Nausori.

Her distraught mother, Timaleti Masere, wept as she described the moments before her daughter and grandson left their home in Naivicula Village in Wainibuka, Tailevu.

Tulia Masere was holding her son in the back seat of the vehicle with two others sitting in front when the accident happened.

Her mother said: “Never in my wildest dream did I think that I will lose one of my children so early. It’s going to be so hard for me as a mother to bury my child and grandchild when I know they had so much to live for.”

“My daughter pleaded with her de-facto partner for them not to leave early Saturday morning as he was drunk and for them to sleep and leave later in the day but her de-facto partner told her that nothing was going to happen and for them to just leave.

“Tulia just carried the baby and sat at the back and that was the last time we saw our daughter and grandson.”

Tulia Masere’s eldest son Isaia Mara is looked after by her grandparents in the village.

Timaleti Masere said: “It was hard for us to tell Tulia’s oldest child that his mother and brother were no more. When I told him he hugged me and cried.

“My daughter and grandchildren all celebrated their birthday this month. My daughter was someone who was kind and always put her two children first.

“She always wanted to look after her children diligently but unfortunately there is nothing we can do or say to bring them back.

“We were together for a week in the village, and little did we know that it would be our last.”

A resident at Verata Shahil Deo said they were sleeping when they heard a loud noise.

“When I heard the loud bang, I went outside and that was when I saw the car and a woman lying on the road. It was drizzling at around 1am when the accident happened,” Mr Deo said.

“At first, we thought that the accident was between two vehicles but then we realised that the car was in half.

“We hope that a speed camera is installed here because people tend to drive without any care as it is a long stretch. This is not the first accident in the same spot, but this is the first big accident where people died.”

It is alleged that the driver of the vehicle lost control while overtaking a truck causing him to veer off the road and hit a lamp post.

The driver remains in custody while Police continue to search for the de-facto partner.



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