The tragic accident at Khed, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, which claimed 37 lives on Tuesday, cut short the life and shattered the dreams of a newlywed marine engineer, Mr Reagan Jose Fernandes (29), who hailed from Colva and was travelling to Mumbai to continue a marine course he was pursuing in the financial capital of the country.
Mr Reagan Fernandes had come down to Goa last week to take part in the Way of the Cross, a Lenten ritual, in his village. He was going back to Mumbai to continue his four-month marine course. Little did Mr Reagan Fernandes know that this would be his last observance of the Way of the Cross.
The sudden death of Mr Reagan Fernandes has devastated his beloved mother Ms Maria and loving wife Ms Candolina. He married to Ms Candolina on January 13, 2013. The decorations put up for the wedding are still hanging on the walls of the house.
The tragic accident took place when the bus in which he was travelling along with other passengers plunged into Jagbudi river at Khed, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.
The news of the tragic death of Mr Reagan Fernandes has shaken Vanelim ward of Colva. The family members got a phone call saying that the bus in which Mr Reagan Fernandes was travelling met with an accident at Ratnagiri and that he was in ICU of a hospital. The mother and the wife along with an uncle rushed to Khed, Ratnagiri.
“And when they reached the hospital, they saw the worst,” said a grieving relative of Ms Candolina sitting outside the locked house of Mr Reagan Fernandes. The body was identified with the help of officials of the Goa transport department. “The body has been identified by the family members and taken to Goa,” informed Mr Abhay Naik, the assistant director of transport at Khed, Ratnagiri. Grieving his death, Mr Xavier Vaz, Mr Franky Luis and several relatives and neighbours said, “He was one of the nicest boys. The mother had brought him up by the sweat of her brow. The whole village is grieving his tragic death.”
“It should not have happened,” cried the neighbours gathered at Mr Reagan Fernandes’ house in the evening when the reporters visited the place.
“A bus accident has ended everything of the family in a moment. Nobody had dreamt that his married life would end so soon. Why God has to be so harsh with this family?” cried the neighbours. [NT]