My Cousin Died In Car That Hit My Ve­hi­cle: De­lasau

For­mer rugby star claims there was a high-speed chase by Po­lice be­fore the fa­tal crash.

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - CHARLES CHAM­BERS charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

For­mer rugby star Fil­imoni De­lasau re­vealed yes­ter­day the driver of the car that crashed into his ve­hi­cle was his cousin.

Mr De­lasau, still nurs­ing in­juries from the ac­ci­dent, said he found out af­ter the in­ci­dent that Napo­lioni Su­gu­na­vanua, his cousin, had died in­stantly af­ter im­pact. The ex-na­tional 7s and 15s rugby star claimed there was a high speed chase be­fore the crash.

A Po­lice ve­hi­cle, he al­leged, was in hot pur­suit of his cousin’s four-wheel drive twin cab ve­hi­cle in Ba. Mr De­lasau, who in­jured his neck, ribs and leg, said he was trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. He said he was re­turn­ing from Sorokoba Vil­lage, where he is from, just af­ter 4am af­ter drop­ping a rel­a­tive, when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. “As I came around the cor­ner to head down the stretch to Wailailai, I no­ticed these two ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling at high speed but the one at the back had its lights on full beam,” Mr De­lasau said.

“I flicked my lights three times but the full beam stayed and it was in my face as we neared.” Mr De­lasau said when the front ve­hi­cle swerved onto his side, there was lit­tle he could do. “My ve­hi­cle went straight into the ditch and when it stopped I felt the back seat for my cousin, Amena Dela, but he was not there.” Mr Dela, 42, was thrown through the win­dow of the back door and into the ditch. “When I man­aged to get out of the ve­hi­cle, I called out to my tavale (Mr Dela) and heard like some­one snor­ing in the ditch and saw him ly­ing there. “The Po­lice helped him out along with the pas­sen­gers from the other car.”

He said the Po­lice should have called off the chase and pre­vented the ac­ci­dent. “My point is if the po­lice knew he was drink­ing they should not have chased him, es­pe­cially on the high­way,” he said “Ev­ery­one in­clud­ing the Po­lice in Ba knows him (Mr Su­gu­na­vanua) very well and where he stays.” Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said po­lice were con­duct­ing a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and all claims would be looked into. Mr Dela, of Nailaga Vil­lage in Ba, is in a coma at Lau­toka Hos­pi­tal. Mr Su­gu­na­vanua’s three pas­sen­gers, his sis­ter, Ateca Dravi, a teacher at Tuvu Pri­mary School and two teacher friends, Ru­si­ate Wadali, of Natabua High School and Rusila, of Bulileke Pri­mary School were ad­mit­ted at the Lau­toka Hos­pi­tal in se­ri­ous con­di­tion. Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki

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