Dad spends Fa­ther’s Day in sor­row af­ter ac­ci­dent kills daugh­ter, 4

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - ARISHMA DEVINARAYAN Edited by Jonathan Bryce arishma.narayan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Kr­ishna Pil­lay suf­fered great sor­row dur­ing Fa­ther’s Day yes­ter­day. This was af­ter he lost his four-yearold daugh­ter in a road ac­ci­dent at Cuvu Top, Nadroga, said neigh­bour Ronita Chand. Wit­ness­ing his grief, Ms Chand de­scribed it say­ing: “To­day he took his daugh­ter in his arms at the hos­pi­tal. “He was in great pain and tears kept fall­ing. He was pained by the oc­ca­sion on which he is carrying his daugh­ter who was no more with him.” Young Kavya Pil­lay was with her mother, Anushka Nair, wait­ing for trans­port on the side of the road, when it is al­leged that a car trav­el­ling to­wards Si­ga­toka hit them both on Fri­day af­ter­noon. Ms Chand, who rushed to the scene upon hear­ing loud noise, said Kavya had been thrown far as a re­sult of the im­pact and was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. She said both were rushed to the Si­ga­toka Hos­pi­tal, but af­ter nearly two hours, Kavya died.

Ms Nair is still at the Si­ga­toka Hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion .

“My house is clos­est to the high­way. I am not sure where both were go­ing, but they were headed to­wards Si­ga­toka Town. It was around 5pm when I heard the noise. I rushed out. I didn’t re­alise it was her un­til we picked her up, turned her face around. “She (Ms Nair) asked me if her daugh­ter was okay and we had to say yes to keep her calm, be­cause blood had al­most cov­ered her face and her legs were badly hurt.

“Un­for­tu­nately later that evening at around 7pm Kavya passed away.” Ms Chand said af­ter the ac­ci­dent, the driver of the ve­hi­cle came out to help col­lect Ms Nair’s be­long­ings which had scat­tered onto the road. “He looked very shocked.” Ms Chand said she could not imag­ine the pain Kavya’s par­ents were go­ing through. “Kavya was a very ac­tive girl and will be missed by us all. We all can­not imag­ine the pain of the par­ents but only hope well for them. She was their only daugh­ter,” Ms Chand said. Her funeral will be held on Wed­nes­day. Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro con­firmed that the driver of the ve­hi­cle was cur­rently in Po­lice cus­tody as in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the in­ci­dent con­tinue.

Died... Kavya Pil­lay, 4.

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