Samabula Crash: DEATH PLUNGE DRIVER SURRENDERS SELF
Police detain Ponipate Turagalevu; seeking evidence to charge him
Samabula tragic car crash driver, Ponipate Turagalevu (pictured), yesterday surrendered himself to the Police. Police have confirmed that the driver in the Toyota Fielder rental car crash that left two young men dead and two still in hospital has surrendered himself at the Samabula Police Station. Mr Turagalevu is alleged to have left the scene after the car he was driving went off the road and plunged down a cliff on Sunday morning. Mr Turagalevu is being held and will be questioned by Police who will seek evidence to charge him for causing death by dangerous driving. “We are hoping to finish our investigations by tomorrow and then we can proceed with charging him,” Police public relations officer Inspector Josaia Weicavu said. Two victims of the car crash Eliki Tukana and Atu Rokosuka are still in hospital while Kitione Tukana and Epeli Duaibe have died.
Kitione’s funeral will be held tomorrow, while Epeli’s funeral will be held on Monday.
Police officers will be out in numbers on the road this weekend as they anticipate a lot of movement on the roads with the upcoming school holidays and the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
Police have confirmed that drivers who are found violating traffic rules will be dealt with according to the law.
Drivers are requested to stay within their speed limits and to be considerate of the other road users and drivers.