Family In Shock Over Death Of Cabbie Father On Christmas Day


BA – Mohammed Shamil is struggling to come to terms with the death of his 48-year old father Mohammed Sahed on Christmas Day.

The horrific accident has left the family of five from Ba in a state of shock and anger. “We greeted each other in the morning, had breakfast and a chat before he drove off,” said Shamil.

“I didn’t know that would be the last time I would see him alive,” he said.

“I don’t understand why people drink and drive they don’t realise the pain they cause to victims families,” the 22-year old tearfully said.

Sahed was ferrying two passengers, who were family members, in his taxi when his vehicle was hit by an oncoming taxi near the Ba Bridge around midday on Sunday.

Shamil said his father was a devout Muslim who never touched alcohol or smoked a cigarette in his life. He was a jovial and hard-working person who always put his family first and he will be missed by his family and the Ba community.

Medical Officer at the Ba Mission Hospital Doctor Tariq Khan said Sahed died as a result of extensive head and chest injuries.

“We did the best we could but unfortunately he had sustained severe injuries and there was extensive internal damage which resulted in his death,” he said.

“The driver and passenger of the other vehicle were both under the influence of alcohol and were rushed to the Lautoka Hospital where they are still admitted,” said Dr Khan.