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.
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