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Man Dies, Four Hospitalised

A road accident in Ba has claimed the life of a kava planter and left four others hospitalised and in serious condition. The accident occurred after the vehicle that the
29 Aug 2016 09:59
Man Dies, Four Hospitalised
The four wheel driver SOULS belonging to Filimoni Delasau Photo: Charles Chambers

A road accident in Ba has claimed the life of a kava planter and left four others hospitalised and in serious condition.

The accident occurred after the vehicle that the kava planter, Napolioni Sugunavanua, was driving, smashed head on into a vehicle being driven by former Fiji rugby star Filimoni Delasau yesterday morning.

Mr Sugunavanua, who was a 56-year-old man from Maruru Settlement in Ba, died instantly.

His sister, Ateca Dravi, a teacher at Tuvu Primary School and two of her teacher friends, Rusiate Wadali, of Natabua High School and Rusila, of Bulileke Primary School were also in the vehicle and are now admitted at the Lautoka Hospital and are all in serious condition.

Mr Delasau was discharged from Ba Hospital yesterday with leg injuries while a passenger in his vehicle, (a twin cab with registration SOULS), Amena Dela, 42, of Nailaga Ba was in critical condition at the Lautoka Hospital.

Police believe Mr Sugunavanua and his three passengers were drinking at the time of the incident. It is also believed that Police had tried to halt the vehicle, but it did not stop and during a pursuit it smashed into Mr Delasau’s vehicle.

The incident happened at around 4.15am on the King’s Road at Wailailai, in Ba as Mr Sugunavanua was turning right into Itatoko Road and smashed into Mr Dealasau’s vehicle.

Mr Sugunavanua’s brother-in-law, Vilive Lauroko said the four were at Maruru on Saturday night.

He said they left before 4am in Mr Sugunavanua’s white Toyota Cresida, (registration CS 099), to drop off someone at Vatiaka. His family are still in shock after being informed by Police about the accident.

Mr Sugunavanua’s wife, Lilieta Buna, and the couple’s 13-year-old son were too distraught to make any comments.

Mr Lauroko said Mr Sugunavanua had a kava plantation in Korolevu Village in Navosa, but stayed in Maruru with his family.

Police said all necessary actions were taken at the scene of accident.

A post mortem will be conducted on the deceased. Both vehicles were towed to the station for examination by LTA.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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