Nabou accident: Boy considers himself ‘blessed’

Happy to be discharged ... Nabou accident survivor Tevita Seruitukana with his mother Laisane. Picture MARGARET WISE

GOD has given my son a second chance and all he has to do now is give thanks and treasure it.

Those were the words of Laisane Seruitukana, the mother of an 18-year-old student who has been discharged from the Lautoka Hospital where he was treated for injuries received during last Saturday’s fatal accident at Nabou, Sigatoka. Tevita Seruitukana, a Nadi College vocational student, considers himself blessed to have escaped serious injury.

He was nursing a broken arm and cuts to both legs when The Fiji Times caught up with him outside the Lautoka Hospital.

“There were 16 of us travelling together, we were part of a group and we always travelled together to watch games with Tomasi Bulitavu (the driver who was one of six who died),” he shared.

“I was sitting at the back and we were quite noisy driving out of Nadi, excited because a lot of people we knew had taken the lead.

“We sang and waved our Ratu Navula flags until Yako when we decided to rest and save the cheering for Suva.

“Most of the passengers slept, I was resting my head on the seat when I saw something white barrelling towards us. That is all I can recall, “I think I blacked out because I can only remember a tourist waking me up.

“I was dazed, I didn’t even know some of my friends had died until I was told when my mother came to see me at the Sigatoka Hospital.

“It is sad, I still don’t know what to do, but I have heard my mother’s advice and I know I have a lot to be grateful for.”

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