Krishna Pillay suffered great sorrow during Father’s Day yesterday. This was after he lost his four-year-old 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.