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Two Pedestrians Rushed To Hospital After Alleged Nasinu Hit-and-run

Two Pedestrians Rushed To Hospital After Alleged Nasinu Hit-and-run
Mohammad Idris.
September 10
12:37 2017

Two pedestrians were rushed to hospital with injuries they sustained in an alleged hit-and-run incident, in Nasinu yesterday morning.

One of them was said to have died but Police could not officially confirm this last night because of policies which had to be followed.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, did confirm the arrest of the driver, who she said was being held in custody for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

The driver allegedly hit the two pedestrians on the footpath who were waiting to cross the road.

Witnesses say he allegedly fled the scene of the accident after hitting the two pedestrians.

The driver who was travelling from Suva towards Nausori allegedly lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the two men, who were waiting on the footpath, in front of the Nasole Mosque to cross to the other side.

The two victims, one a Bangladeshi visitor and the other an Imam of the mosque, were rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

One of the men, Mahfujur Rahman, came to the country with four of his compatriots on a three-month visit, two months ago and was set to depart on October 3.

Mohammed Idris, (Mr Rahman’s friend) said: “I saw the car come onto the footpath and hit the Imam. It then cleared the lamp post and hit my friend. I ran to the scene and saw them both on the ground and I started shouting: please God save them.

“And I saw the driver just get out of his car and escape in a taxi.”

Mr Idris said three others had stood in the same spot with the victims, before the accident, all of them waiting for traffic to clear, to cross the road.

He said the other three promptly entered the mosque compound for shelter when they saw the vehicle moving erratically on the road.

Ms Naisoro said they would release further details in due course.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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