It was a normal Sunday walk to shopping for sisters Arti Chand, 35, and 26-year-old Archana Chand, but little did they know it would be their last together.
The boyfriend, only known as Vicky, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the Valelevu Heath Centre.
Eyewitness Anjila Lal described what had transpired in a matter of minutes.
“When I heard a loud and smashing sound I ran out of my house. I saw the… vehicle hit them and the girls were flung under a parked car.
“We thought the girls had died at the scene, however we could still see them breathing.”
Ms Lal said her son rushed out with a blanket, which another man took to wrap the girls with before they were taken to the health centre then rushed to Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva
“The vehicle seemed to be travelling at high speed when it hit a tree, rammed into the gate of someone’s compound and then hit Archana, Arti and Vicky,” Ms Lal said.
“Because of the impact, they were flung across the road.
“I know the girls, they had grown up here. Both their parents have died and they lived with their brother and sister-in-law.”
Their brother Sushil Chand said that he was at work when the sad news reached him.
He dropped everything and went to the scene.
“I arrived late at the scene, it is heart-breaking that I could not see them,” Mr Chand said.
His wife Litiana Marama was in a state of shock when she spoke to the Fiji Sun.
“Both sisters had been preparing to go shopping and they were so excited that they did not even cook,” Ms Marama said.
“They wanted to buy food from Max Val-u. Unfortunately, they had not reached the shopping centre when the incident happened.
“We came to know when we were told by a neighbour, who was at the site of the accident.”
Mr Chand confirmed that his younger sister Archana had passed away at CWM Hospital and Arti his older sister was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the suspect was still in custody.
“All fatal incidents will only be classified once post-mortem examination is conducted,” she said.
Edited by Percy Kean
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