Woman Weeps As Her Grand­son Dies in Arms

Lau­toka tod­dler, 19 months, crushed by a truck in a shared drive­way

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Awoman wept and watched help­lessly yes­ter­day as her only grand­son, crushed by a truck, died in her arms on the way to hos­pi­tal. Rose­lyn Naidu of Vomo St, Lau­toka, said she wished it was only a ter­ri­ble dream.

But af­ter she car­ried lit­tle Vil­iame Azariah Ross, one year seven months, in a car rush­ing to hos­pi­tal, she said: “I just want this ter­ri­ble night­mare to go away and want Sonny to be buried quickly as I can­not stand to think of him ly­ing in the mortuary.” The tod­dler was known af­fec­tion­ately as “Sonny” or “Yaca” (name­sake as he car­ried his grand­fa­ther’s name). Ms Naidu said: “On the way to the hos­pi­tal as I was car­ry­ing Sonny, I no­ticed he started to go pale. “I could not see any blood com­ing out from any­where and I turned him on his back.” “I then no­ticed the blood com­ing out was fol­low­ing the marks of the tyre where it ran over him.” Ms Naidu re­called it was af­ter mid­day when the in­ci­dent took place. “We al­ways keep the door closed at all times and Sonny used to åQG HYHU\ FKDQFH WR GDVK RXW­side once the door was open,” Ms Naidu said. “One se­cond you see him and the next he was gone out the door,” she said. “It was not un­til a neigh­bour had called out to us did we re­alise some­thing was wrong. “I sent my son Ju­nior to check and when he lifted Sonny, his body was limp and he was try­ing to breathe.” Ms Naidu said she im­me­di­ately called her neigh­bour for his ve­hi­cle and the lit­tle boy was rushed to hos­pi­tal.

She said she was still try­ing to come to terms with not hav­ing her play­ful lit­tle grand­son around any­more. Sonny’s mother, Teresa Ross, was grief-stricken and lost for words. A three-tonne truck, which ZDV RIaeRDGLQJ VRPH VWXII DW WKH

neigh­bour’s home had al­legedly taken off in haste a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore Sonny was seen by a neigh­bour. Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said a 40-year-old man­ager of Lau­toka was in cus­tody in re­la­tion to this fa­tal ac­ci­dent. Ms Naisoro said the tod­dler was taken to the Lau­toka Hos­pi­tal but was pro­nounced dead.

“In­for­ma­tion gath­ered by the in­ves­ti­ga­tors al­leged the suspect’s ve­hi­cle was sighted at the scene of where the boy was found.” He re­mains in cus­tody as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue. Ms Naidu said the post mortem would be done today and the burial was ex­pected to take place to­mor­row. Sonny was the third tod­dler to have died in a mat­ter of weeks un­der sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances. On Oc­to­ber 3, Ase­naca Nakase, three, was crushed to death by a mov­ing bus at Lau­toka Bus Stand. On Septem­ber 27, an eight­month old child died af­ter he fell out from a mov­ing in Raki­raki. On Au­gust 29, one-year-old Li­tia Rakavosa, was crushed to death by a bot­tle col­lect­ing truck in her drive­way in Tavua.

DEAD... Vil­iame Azariah Ross.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers Sonny’s mum Teresa Ross and his two sis­ters, Claudette (on her mother’s lap) and Gabriella.

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