Family pays tribute to crash victim

2013-11-25 00:00

TIME heals all wounds, but in some cases, the deeper the wound, the harder it is to heal.

That was the message on Saturday as the Pillay family held a thanksgiving service at the Philadelphia Church in Woodlands in honour of their son Dino Pillay, who died in a horror accident last month.

Dino Pillay and three others — Shikar Singh (26), Yesigan Govender (22) and Mikyle Robert (23) — died when their car, an Audi Cabriolet, veered of the road at the Durban and Alexandra road intersection. The car was torn into pieces after it crashed into a municipal dump truck.

Although the ceremony was dedicated to the memory of the four, it was especially for Dino. Members of the other families affected were also there.

For several minutes, there was dead silence in the church as people were shown pictures documenting Dino’s life, those he loved and important memories on the screen.

Friends and family members said it was by the grace of God that they could cope with their loss.

Dino’s father, Ragu Pillay, was close to tears as he recalled the strength that his son was to him. “[This service] is just a memory for Dino, 40 days after the accident,” he said.

Pillay said his son and their family had not had an easy life. His son was born into family hardship and the situation only got better when he started working.

“It’s comforting to know that even though I brought him into this hardship, he still appreciated us,” he said.

“There were times when I was struggling, and there were times when I needed money and he would just give me his bank card.”

Pillay said the family is having a hard time coping with the loss. “At times we actually count the days, my wife would say this is the 20th day and he has not come home; she is looking for answers and I do not have any. I hope we find them when we get up there.”

A relative described Dino as a helpful, respectful young man who never uttered a cross word.

A friend, Brendon Bhola, said he had been through dark times in his life and it was Dino who helped to pull him through.

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