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Fatal hit and run as Police keep driver in custody

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NUKU’ALOFA – June 19, 2018: 12.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Fua’amotu in relation to the death of a 52 year-old man from Tatakamotonga early on  Friday night (June 15).

The suspect was travelling north heading to Tatakamotonga on Taupi Road when he hit the deceased who was riding his bicycle on his way home from his bush allotment.

The suspect failed to stop.

Police arrested him later that night.

The family of the deceased went to check on his whereabouts after he had failed to return home.

They found him lying on the roadside of Taupi Road along with his bicycle.

Tonga Police said the latest fatal death brings the total number of deaths on the road so far this year to 15.

“Accident like this is preventable and we all need to do our part to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads,” says Acting Superintendent Sisi Toutai Tonga of the Mu’a Police Station said.

Tonga Police would like to send their condolences to the family of the deceased.

The suspect is under police custody while investigation continues.

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