Josua Boseiwaqa said goodbye to his grandfather yesterday as he normally did every morning before going to school.
It was his last goodbye.
The seven-year-old student of St Thomas Primary School usually got off the bus in front of their driveway after school.
But yesterday he disembarked at a bus stop just outside the Fiji National University (FNU) Lautoka Campus near the Police post at Natabua Road, 300 metres from home.
That was when he was run over by a twin cab. It is believed he died on the spot.
His families and friends were shocked after hearing the news.
His grandfather, Josaia Boseiwaqa, said the last time he saw his grandson was when everyone was leaving for school and work.
“That was the last time I saw him and I still cannot believe that would also be the last for me to see him,” Mr Boseiwaqa said.
He learned of his grandson’s death from the Police.
“All I could hear was, we have some bad news, that was when I thought to myself that something was wrong. They told me that it was my grandson. I was shocked, heartbroken and I just could not believe what I was hearing.”
Josua, was a Year 2 student.
“Today (yesterday) of all days was different because usually after school he would get off right in-front of our drive-way, but today he got off at the bus-stop just outside the Lautoka Fiji National University campus near the Police post along Natabua Road.”
He said this was the same road used by big trucks coming down from Saru.
“From what some bystanders and witnesses told me, he was hit and rolled over by a twin cab, which was allegedly travelling at high speed.”
He raised his concerns of the poor road conditions and some drivers’ lack of responsibility.
“Sometimes cars travel this road from Saru, do so at full-speed, treating this road as a highway without the care in the world for those that are using the same road.”
Mr Boseiwaqa said as sad and heartbreaking the accident may have been for their family, it should be a wake-up call for authorities in taking a look at the Natabua road conditions.
“We need humps and zebra crossings especially when these roads are running past schools and other learning institutions because I do not want another family or child to face what we are going through right now.”
The parents of the late Josua were in their village of Rokua on Beqa.
A driver was in Police custody for questioning when this edition went to press.