Navuda says he would now be six feet under, if those churchgoers has not happened to see him lying there.
“They saw me lying on the roadside, half-dead. They called the ambulance.”
He believed he was given another chance – a chance to tell people he survived by the grace of God, and to remind others to not drink and drive.
“I’m blessed to be alive because of all the prayers and importantly, the doctors and nurses of the Rarotonga Hospital in 2013 and not forgetting the lovely people of Raro for seeing me that early morning while on their way to church.”
Navuda was in a coma for more than a week. When he finally gained consciousness, he was told he could not walk for some time – he was afraid he would never walk again.
But with the help of a physiotherapist, Navuda was able to get himself mentally ready and force himself back to work – as he was in a foreign country and needed to put food on the table for himself and his family back home.
He was not wearing a helmet, he says, and he had been drinking. He applauded the government’s plans to reduce the breath alcohol limit from 400mcg to 250mcg, bringing it in line with New Zealand and Australia.
He would go further still: “Just don’t drink and drive, don’t drink if you are going to drive, be a sober driver.”