25 September, 2017. Police arrested and charged a 49-year-old man from Vaini/Kolofo’ou with Reckless driving causing the death of a 21 year-old man from Ha’ateiho on Saturday night 23 September, 2017 at around 11:40pm at Ha’ateiho.
The accused was driving a Rental car heading West on Taufa’ahau Road when he hit the deceased who was walking beside the road at Ha’ateiho.
The accused failed to stop and ascertain injury or death. He finally stopped at Tofoa and contacted Police about the fatal accident.
The 21 year-old man was rushed to Vaiola hospital by members of the Ha’ateiho Community Patrol Volunteers.
He passed away on Sunday 24 September 2017 at approximately 10am.
This latest fatal death brings the total number of deaths on the road this year to 2, compared to 18 road deaths for the previous year, 2016.
While the full circumstances of the fatal accident are yet to be determined, all too often Police are attending fatal accident and serious crashes that are avoidable.
So many families have been dealing with the grief of losing a loved one on our roads, and that’s incredibly sad.
“Accident like this is preventable and we all need to do our part to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads,” says Acting Chief Superintendent Sisi Toutai Tonga.
Tonga Police would like to send their condolences to the family of the deceased.
The accused is under police custody while Investigation continues.