August 13, 2016 12:34 pm

Two drivers charged for separate fatal accidents

Two drivers involved in separate fatal accidents in the western division have been charged. Director of Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra confirmed that the first incident that occurred on the 4th of this month a 7-year-old died after he was hit by a vehicle when he allegedly crossed the road suddenly along the Queens Road, near Malolo, […]

Two drivers involved in separate fatal accidents in the western division have been charged.

Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mahesh Mishra during an interview last week. (Fiji Police Force)
Director Traffic Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mahesh Mishra during an interview. (Fiji Police Force)

Director of Traffic SSP Mahesh Mishra confirmed that the first incident that occurred on the 4th of this month a 7-year-old died after he was hit by a vehicle when he allegedly crossed the road suddenly along the Queens Road, near Malolo, Nadi.

MISHRA: “The driver has since been charged with one count of dangerous driving occasioning death. He has already appeared in Court and has been bailed. The second fatal accident where a 51-year-old farmer of Vatia, Ba died has seen a 41-year-old man charged for allegedly causing his death. The accident occurred along the Kings Road, near Tavarau, Ba on the 11th of August.”

“The accused has been charged with one count of dangerous driving occasioning death and bailed to appear at the Ba Magistrates Court on the 11th of October.”

SSP Mishra said the police were pleading with all road users to be vigilant particularly due to the increased movement of people expected in light of the major events happening today and over the school holidays.

MISHRA: “While speeding and dangerous driving continues to be the leading causes of fatal accidents, pedestrian behavior is again a concern. Of the 36 deaths, 15 were pedestrians, and 7 were found to be at fault resulting in the accidents.This is why we are renewing our call to members of the public to take the issue of road safety seriously.”

The road death toll currently stands at 36 compared to 38 for the same period last year.