‘I wish I could hug him’

2013-10-17 00:00

IF Shavania Naidoo could turn back the clock, she would return to last Wednesday when she saw her boyfriend Shikar Singh for the last time and give him “the biggest hug ever goodbye”.

Shikar (26), and his three friends, Yesigan Govender (22), Mikhail Robert (23), and Dino Pillay (23), were all killed in a horrific accident early last Thursday on Alan Paton Avenue. They crashed into a dump truck and veered off the road. All of them died instantly.

Shavania was with Shikar’s mother Nadira yesterday to say a special prayer at the scene of the accident, where Shikar had died instantly after he was flung out of Shavania’s Audi convertible.

Speaking of her last moments with him, Shavania said Shikar and his friends had spent the evening at her home and left with her car as agreed.

“If I could go back in time, I would give him the biggest hug to say goodbye. I guess that was unusual that we didn’t as we hugged each other the moment we said hello and goodbye.

“On Wednesday, we didn’t as I was pre-occupied with something and just gave him my car keys. Now I never will. We spoke on BBM right until 11.45 pm and I should have told him to go straight home,” said a grieving Shavania.

She said the men had dropped off their friend Ziad Ally at his Northdale home and had left McDonald’s in Burger Street shortly before the accident occurred.

Recalling her horror at discovering the deaths, Shavania said she had been in contact with Shikar’s mother on BBM at about 12.30 am as both of them were worried about his whereabouts.

“Both of us were worried as we could not get hold of him and it was unlike him not to answer our calls. Then my intercom rang and I saw a white car. I rushed to open the gate as I thought Shikar had come back, only to see two policemen with my car licence disc,” she recalled.

“They told me that four occupants were dead and I was puzzled as the boys had left here in two cars and there were five of them. I kept praying that it wasn’t Shikar who was among the dead.

“I eventually phoned a friend who owns a tow-truck company and went there with him. I had to see with my own eyes as I could not believe that an hour and a half after leaving my house, they were all dead,” said Shavania.

Police investigations into the cause of the accident continue.

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