Families lament loss

Anita Prabhaudei (left) Salochna Devi and Kala Wati mourns the death of their son and brother Manish Singh at their home at Delai Nasole, Nasinu yesterday.Picture:ATU RASEA

A COUPLE buried their 17-year-old daughter yesterday after she was killed in a car crash on Monday.

Merilyn Bernadette Peters died after the car she was travelling in allegedly collided with a bus at Nabukavesi along the Queen’s highway outside Suva.

Friends and families were present at their home in Sakoca, Tacirua yesterday to pay their last respects.

The driver of the vehicle Merilyn was travelling in also died at the scene of the accident

According to his family, the 27-year-old driver was on his way to pick his friend’s mum from the Nadi airport.

The family members of Manish Singh were also trying to come to terms with the news of his death delivered to them by police on Monday afternoon.

Mr Singh’s mother, Anita Parbhaudei, said she tried to stop her son from going but he was adamant.

She said Mr Singh told her that he was not going to work and would return home soon.

Ms Parbhaudei said she bid him farewell and left for work.

Yesterday at their home in Nasole, Nasinu, the 52-year-old mother and her sister, Kala Wati, who raised Mr Singh, reminisced the good times they had with him.

Ms Wati adopted Mr Singh when he was only eight months old.

Mr Singh’s father died a year after he was born. Ms Wati described Mr Singh as a hardworking and friendly person.

“He always loved eating lamb shanks and every time he would ask me if I wanted to eat something in particular,” she said.

“We all miss him.”

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that the third person in the car is still in a critical condition at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

Ms Naisoro said police would question the bus driver as soon as he is cleared from hospital.

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