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Police Still Looking For Driver

Police Still Looking For Driver
The cliff at Ratu Mara Road in Samabula, Suva where the vehicle fell from on Sunday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
April 26
11:14 2016

Fiji Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said they were still searching for the driver of the white Toyota Fielder rental car that fell off a cliff at Ratu Mara Road, Samabula on Sunday.

The accident had claimed the life of the 21-year-old Kitione Tukana of Cunningham Road, leaving another two persons in a critical condition with the deceased’s brother who is in a stable condition at CWM Hospital.

Inspector Weicavu said the investigation was still ongoing and Police are trying to get hold of the rental car company to find out who the driver was.

He said there was still no confirmation on this and they were urging the public to help them identify the driver, after he escaped from the accident site on Sunday.

The Police spokesperson, in the course of investigation, had spoken to brother Eliki Tukana.

“The deceased’s brother Eliki had said in his statement that he had seen the driver walk out of the vehicle before he fell unconscious,” Inspector Weicavu said.

“I went to visit the victims at the hospital yesterday afternoon and the younger brother told us that both the brothers and a friend of theirs were looking for transport to head home after a night out. They boarded the rental vehicle for home from the Suva bus stand,” he said.

“One of the passengers, Epeli Duaibe, 20, a cousin of the two brothers, and the fourth passenger Atu Rokosuka, was believed to be a friend of the driver, who was already in the vehicle before they boarded the vehicle,” he said.

Inspector Weicavu said they had been advising members of the public not to drink and drive and now a tragedy had again happened on our roads.

“The instruction and advices given to all the members of the public from Police, Land Transport Authority (LTA) and authorities include not driving under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

Inspector Weicavu said the road death toll now stood at 13 compared to 23 for the same period last year.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti



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