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Alcohol and speed considered after the fatal crash in Vava’u that claimed 3 lives

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 19/10/2017


The 3 people that died from a fatal crash in Vava’u during the week end were under the influence of alcohol.


They include 24 year old – Ulaea To’imoana Folau of Leimatu’a, 20 year old ‘Anitelu Katoa of Leimatu’a and 17 year old Kasete Latu of Hunga and Makave.


The driver, a 26 year-old man survived with eight other passengers from Leimatu’a aged between 19 to 26 years-old and they sustained injuries to their bodies.


Information from Police states, the group was travelling on a double-cap van on their way back to Neiafu from I ‘o Mata’aho a historical site in Leimatu’a – where they were drinking alcohol.


The driver lost control of the vehicle at an area where the road is very steep.


Stephen Caldwell the Police Commissioner in a press release states, while the full circumstances of the crash are yet to be determined, alcohol and speed are being considered in this case.


He says, Crashes like this are preventable and we all need to do our part to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.


This latest fatal death brings the total number of deaths on the road this year to 4, compared to 18 last year.


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