Man Dead After Hit and Run

Driver in cus­tody, ques­tioned when post mortem exam re­sults is re­leased

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A35-year- old man be­came the lat­est road fa­tal­ity yes­ter­day after he was in­volved in a hit and run ac­ci­dent in Vuci South Road, Nau­sori.

Sairusi Vu­nakece, 35, of Noco, Rewa, was walk­ing down the road to his house when he was hit by a taxi at around 1am yes­ter­day.

The taxi driver was al­legedly un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and was over speed­ing when the vic­tim was hit, says Po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Jo­saia We­icavu. “The driver was driv­ing with­out his head­lights on and was speed­ing while be­ing chased by the Po­lice of­fi­cers of Nau­sori Po­lice Sta­tion for care­less driv­ing when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred,” In­spec­tor We­icavu said. Mr Vu­nakece was on his way home after vis­it­ing his fam­ily, who was away at a rel­a­tive’s place, when the taxi driver hit him and fled from the ac­ci­dent site. In­spec­tor We­icavu said Po­lice of­fi­cers from Nau­sori Po­lice Sta­tion con­tin­ued the chase, un­til the driver was ar­rested and put into cus­tody. The driver is ex­pected to be ques­tioned and charged.

The vic­tim’s wife, Kel­era Gar­i­toga said she was heart­bro­ken of what had hap­pened to her sweet happy fam­ily. “Sai was a very car­ing hus­band and a lov­ing fa­ther to his chil­dren and they loved their fa­ther more than any­one else.

“Life is not go­ing to be the same with­out him around for me and my chil­dren as we al­ways looked out for him and he was there for us ev­ery mo­ment of life.” Ac­cord­ing to a fam­ily mem­ber, Mr Vu­nakece was the sole bread­win­ner of his fam­ily work­ing as a ca­sual worker in the neigh­bour­hood.

Mr Vu­naceke is sur­vived by his wife, Ms Gar­i­toga, 28, and five chil­dren Aliv­ereti Vu­nakece, 10, Gade Daimani, 8, Emily Dradra, 6, Moses Dina, 5, To­masi Waqa, 1. Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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