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Taxi Driver Fights Off Robbers, Crashes Into House

“I saw the driver lying on the grass unconscious and Police officers were present. The taxi ripped the water meter box. Luckily it hit the corner of the house, if it had hit the middle it would have would gone through.”
24 Jun 2019 11:45
Taxi Driver Fights Off Robbers, Crashes Into House
The aftermath of the incident at Tavakubu, Lautoka, on June 22, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A home owner along Tavakubu Road in Lautoka is counting his lucky stars after a taxi ripped a gate, entered his compound and rammed into the side of his house.

Viliame Ralulu is still coming to terms with the incident and says the family was lucky that no one was home when the incident happened.

It is understood the incident happened because the driver lost control of the vehicle while fighting off three passengers who tried to rob him.

“I have never seen this situation in my life before,” Mr Ralulu said.

“I came home after midnight, I saw my gate ripped, a large crowd gathered in the compound and a taxi parked after it hit the side of the wall of my house.

“I saw the driver lying on the grass unconscious and Police officers were present. The taxi ripped the water meter box. Luckily it hit the corner of the house, if it had hit the middle it would have would gone through.”

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The vehicle was a total write-off and was towed away at first light with the driver taken to the hospital.

According to a passerby, the vehicle was dropping off a group of youths who were drinking when the incident happened.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the three men in their 20s were arrested by the Western Division K9 Unit and officers from the Lautoka Police Station shortly after the attempted robbery.

“In trying to free himself from the suspects, the driver lost control of his vehicle, causing it to crash into a nearby house,” she said.

The K9 Unit and Police officers from Lautoka were deployed and arrested the three suspects from Natokowaqa. Investigations continue.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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