2 CRASHES, 2 MORE DEAD

Road in­ci­dents claim the lives of a 51-year-old near Veis­ari, and a 56-year-old in Ba

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Words: Chris­tine Nikola Photo: Ra­jveer Dhan

The ve­hi­cle driven by kava planter, Napo­lioni Su­gu­na­vanua (inset photo), af­ter it col­lided with an­other ve­hi­cle be­ing driven by for­mer Fiji rugby in­ter­na­tional Fil­imoni De­lasau. Mr Su­gu­na­vanua, 56, died in­stantly. Three pas­sen­gers who were in­side his ve­hi­cle have been ad­mit­ted to the Lau­toka Hospi­tal and are be­lieved to in se­ri­ous con­di­tion. The road ac­ci­dent took place in Ba early yes­ter­day morn­ing. Po­lice be­lieve Mr Su­gu­na­vanua and his three pas­sen­gers had been drink­ing. It is also be­lieved that Po­lice had tried to halt the ve­hi­cle, but it did not stop. It then smashed into Mr De­lasau’s ve­hi­cle. Po­lice take away the ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to Ti­moci Naibiriki Wil­son, 51, who died af­ter his car col­lided with an am­bu­lance near Veis­ari. Po­lice say the am­bu­lance was trav­el­ling to­wards Nabukavesi. It was be­lieved to be on its way to the Fiji Car Club drag race at the Nanuku Aero­drome in Deuba. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

Aroad ac­ci­dent in Ba has claimed the life of a kava planter and left four oth­ers hos­pi­talised and in se­ri­ous con­di­tion. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter the ve­hi­cle that the kava planter, Napo­lioni Su­gu­na­vanua, was driv­ing, smashed head on into a ve­hi­cle be­ing driven by for­mer Fiji rugby star Fil­imoni De­lasau yes­ter­day morn­ing. Mr Su­gu­na­vanua, who was a 56-year-old man from Maruru Set­tle­ment in Ba, died in­stantly.

His sis­ter, Ateca Dravi, a teacher at Tuvu Pri­mary School and two of her teacher friends, Ru­si­ate Wadali, of Natabua High School and Rusila, of Bulileke Pri­mary School were also in the ve­hi­cle and are now ad­mit­ted at the Lau­toka Hospi­tal and are all in se­ri­ous con­di­tion. Mr De­lasau was dis­charged from Ba Hospi­tal yes­ter­day with leg in­juries while a pas­sen­ger in his ve­hi­cle, (a twin cab with reg­is­tra­tion SOULS), Amena Dela, 42, of Nailaga Ba was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the Lau­toka Hospi­tal. Po­lice be­lieve Mr Su­gu­na­vanua and his three pas­sen­gers were drink­ing at the time of the in­ci­dent. It is also be­lieved that Po­lice had tried to halt the ve­hi­cle, but it did not stop and dur­ing a pur­suit it smashed into Mr De­lasau’s ve­hi­cle. The in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 4.15am on the King’s Road at Wailailai, in Ba as Mr Su­gu­na­vanua was turn­ing right into Ita­toko Road and smashed into Mr Dealasau’s ve­hi­cle. Mr Su­gu­na­vanua’s brother-in-law, Vilive Lau­roko said the four were at Maruru on Satur­day night. He said they left be­fore 4am in Mr Su­gu­na­vanua’s white Toy­ota Cresida, (reg­is­tra­tion CS 099), to drop off someone at Va­ti­aka. His fam­ily are still in shock af­ter be­ing in­formed by Po­lice about the ac­ci­dent. Mr Su­gu­na­vanua’s wife, Lili­eta Buna, and the cou­ple’s 13-year-old son were too dis­traught to make any com­ments. Mr Lau­roko said Mr Su­gu­na­vanua had a kava plan­ta­tion in Korolevu Vil­lage in Navosa, but stayed in Maruru with his fam­ily.

Po­lice said all nec­es­sary ac­tions were taken at the scene of ac­ci­dent. A post­mortem will be con­ducted on the de­ceased. Both ve­hi­cles were towed to the sta­tion for ex­am­i­na­tion by LTA.

Po­lice be­lieve Mr Su­gu­na­vanua and his three pas­sen­gers were drink­ing at the time of the in­ci­dent. It is also be­lieved that Po­lice had tried to halt the ve­hi­cle, but it did not stop and dur­ing a pur­suit it smashed into Mr De­lasau’s ve­hi­cle.

Words and Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

The four wheel driver SOULS be­long­ing to Fil­imoni De­lasau

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