Sur­vivor to get $26,000 plus from bus com­pany

Fiji Sun - - NATION - SHRATIKA NAIDU Abi­gail Kinikini­lau. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Abi­gail Kinikini­lau, who sur­vived a bus ac­ci­dent in Labasa in 2016, is ex­pected to re­ceive $26,058, as per a court or­der.

Al­though she is grate­ful for mone­tary as­sis­tance, she said the money would never give back her nor­mal life be­cause when it gets cold, she suf­fers from headaches, pain on her left leg and some­times dizzi­ness.

The 20-year-old from Solove, Labasa, still re­mem­bers how the bus bumped her while cross­ing the road at the Co­vata Hous­ing junc­tion in Labasa in April, 2016. She was a stu­dent of Mus­lim Col­lege at the time.

“Peo­ple are say­ing I should be happy as the court has worked in my favour by or­der­ing Dalip Chand and Son Buses Lim­ited and the driver, Vel­laidam to pay me $26,058,” Ms Kinikini­lau said.

“Of course, I am thank­ful for the jus­tice sys­tem.”

How­ever, the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity stu­dent said that as a Chris­tian she had for­given the driver while be­ing ad­mit­ted at the Labasa Hos­pi­tal. The sec­ond youngest of four sib­lings did not go to school for two months af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

“I could still re­mem­ber a pri­vate ve­hi­cle stopped to al­low me to cross the road,” she said.

“But sud­denly, the bus came speed­ing and hit me and I went un­der the bus. I was dragged for about 30 me­tres and that was when I lost con­scious­ness.”

Still un­de­cided about what she would do with the mone­tary as­sis­tance, Ms Kinikini­lau said she would need to dis­cuss the mat­ter with her fa­ther, Inia Kinikini­lau.

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