Ac­ci­dent Shocks Stu­dent’s Fam­ily

18-YEAR-OLD PEDES­TRIAN HOS­PI­TALISED AF­TER GET­TING HIT WHEN TWO CARS SMASHED

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - LITIA TIKO­MAILEPANONI litia.tiko­mailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

Afam­ily is still in shock af­ter one of their daugh­ters was in­volved in a road ac­ci­dent at the Son­aisali Is­land Re­sort road junc­tion out­side Nadi on Satur­day. Po­lice spokesper­son, Naina Ragi­gia con­firmed the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 2.30pm where by Mar­ica Vaka­lu­tu­lawa, 18, – a stu­dent of Korovuto Col­lege – while walk­ing along the Queens Road was hit by a ve­hi­cle dur­ing a two car smash-up. Her un­cle, Sairusi Vaka­lu­tu­lawa, was very emo­tional when the Fiji Sun vis­ited the vic­tim’s home in Korovuto yes­ter­day. “At the mo­ment we are pray­ing she gets through surgery. The hospi­tal asked us to do­nate blood so one of my neph­ews and daugh­ter have gone to the hospi­tal this morn­ing,” he said. Ac­cord­ing to Mr Vaka­lu­tu­lawa, his niece was on her way to the shop when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

“I heard she tried to avoid the car but was too late. I have been look­ing af­ter her since Year Seven when she came from Tavua Vil­lage in Koro, Lomaiviti to be part of our fam­ily,” Mr Vaka­lu­tu­lawa said. Ms Ragi­gia said the teenager was hit by the mini-van that had spun out of con­trol from a smash-up with an­other ve­hi­cle. “A mini-van driven by a 45-year -old man was head­ing to­wards Nadi when it col­lided with a pri­vate ve­hi­cle driven by a 55-year-old man who was mak­ing a right turn into the Son­aisali Road,” Ms Ragi­gia said.

“In the process of the col­li­sion, the mini­van driver hit the vic­tim who was walk­ing along the road. She was then rushed to Nadi hospi­tal and later trans­ferred to the Lau­toka Hospi­tal for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tions.” An eye­wit­ness Dilesh Kr­ish­nan who lives close by said: “The van bumped the girl and car­ried her with the mo­men­tum. “We then ran straight to pick the girl up but she was in­jured as she was limp­ing. “It was a sad af­ter­noon for me to see an in­no­cent per­son to be part of such ac­ci­dent.” Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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