Fall Kills One, Injures Three
An ex-Dudley High School sprinter dead, sibling in ICU after car crash
Awhite Toyota Fielder rental car yesterday morning fell off a cliff killing one man and hospitalising three other passengers. The accident, that occurred along Ratu Mara Road opposite Bayview Heights, left three in a critical condition at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. One of the injured is the younger brother of the deceased.
Police public relations officer Inspector Josaia Weicavu said the driver of the vehicle was still on the run after the accident which occurred about 6.30am yesterday. The vehicle veered off the road landing at the bottom of the cliff opposite Bayview Heights. The driver and the four passengers were men and the Police stated all five men were said to be to under the influence of alcohol. Inspector Weicavu said the deceased was a 21-year-old Kitione Tukana from Cunningham, Nasinu. He died at the CWM Hospital. Mr Tukana was the second eldest of the three siblings and a former Dudley High School sprinter. His younger brother, Eliki Tukana, 19, and is still admitted at the Intensive Care Unit at CWM. A close relative, who did not want to named, said Mr Tukana was a good hearted person who always loved mingling with his family.
“Kitione’s parents left last week for Australia for a visit and was to return back after three months while he (Kitione) was living with his elder sister and younger brother at their home in Cunningham,” the relative said. “On Saturday night he was a caretaker of a vacant house next to the Taikirisi Taxi Stand in Cunningham, Stage Four, but he requested a friend to fill in for him because he wanted to go out. He was also accompanied by his younger brother.”
The relative said this was not the first time Mr Tukana was involved in an accident, but what happened yesterday was unfortunate. A witness at the scene, Ugesh Lal, 28, of Bayview Heights said the passengers were unconscious when he reached the scene of the accident. “I was the first person to reach them as soon as I saw the vehicle veered off road coming down the cliff. Upon my reaching them, I saw the driver of the vehicle was walking away from the car towards the main road,” Mr Lal said.
“I called for help to take out the passengers out of the car and take them to the hospital, since all the passengers were critically injured and bleeding. So I took them to CWM Hospital right away in my car.”
Mr Lal said one of the passengers looked critical like he was having a difficult time breathing properly. The vehicle showed no signs of the air bag opening, Mr Lal said. “When I reached out to take the passenger out from the front seat, I did not notice the air bag in the vehicle,” he said.
Police has advised drivers to drive with care and not to drive under the influence of alcohol.
“Drivers please be advised to drive with responsibility and adhere to advises given out by the Police and other authorities,” Inspector Weicavu said.
A Police officer inspects the car that fell off the cliff at Samabula in Suva yesterday.
Inside of the fallen Toyota Fielder.
Bystanders surround the car that fell off the cliff in Samabula, Suva yesterday killing one and hospitalising three others.