A 26-YEAR OLD delivery driver contracted by The Fiji Times Ltd is the latest road fatality victim while another passenger, a delivery boy, was treated for injuries and sent home.
The driver was involved in an accident with a seven-tonne truck.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the accident happened early yesterday morning.
"The deceased van driver was heading up a hill near Naboro towards Navua when the vehicle he was driving hit the back of seven-tonne truck heading in the same direction.
The 19-year old passenger escaped serious injuries and was sent home after being treated in hospital.
The police is pleading with drivers, especially those working late in the night and early in the morning, to exercise pre caution.
"Because of their odd hours they are expected to be tired and we can only advise them to pull over and rest if they feel fatigued and know that their judgment will be affected.
"It is an unfortunate incident that another life has been lost on our roads."
The National Fire Authority said in a statement that firefighters received an emergency call at 0421hrs from police and immediately responded.
"NFA Road Accident Rescue Unit and the Emergency Ambulance service vehicle from Suva Fire Station responded to the call," said the NFA.
"The firefighters extricated the two victims from the vehicle with rescue equipment and then transported them in the NFA ambulance vehicle to the hospital."
The road death toll for this year stands at 13 compared to 12 for the same period last year.