Fall Kills One, In­jures Three

An ex-Dud­ley High School sprinter dead, sib­ling in ICU af­ter car crash

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - Feed­back: ashna.kumar@fi­jisun.com.fj Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika. ASHNA KUMAR

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.

Photo: Ashna Kumar. Inset: 21-year-old Ki­tione Tukana died as a re­sult of the car fall.

A Po­lice of­fi­cer in­spects the car that fell off the cliff at Sam­ab­ula in Suva yes­ter­day.

Photo: Ashna Kumar

In­side of the fallen Toy­ota Fielder.

Photo: Ashna Kumar

By­standers sur­round the car that fell off the cliff in Sam­ab­ula, Suva yes­ter­day killing one and hos­pi­tal­is­ing three oth­ers.

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