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Boy drives into accident

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, January 10, 2013

THE police are questioning the parents of a 14-year-old boy who drove a vehicle that landed two people in hospital and injured nine others at Bucalevu, Ra.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said a thorough investigation was being carried out into how the 14-year-old was allowed to drive the vehicle that ended up in a serious accident on Tuesday.

"The issue brings to light parental guidance and the fact that if he was allegedly given consent to drive, the impending dangers it posed to him and others as well as the fact that it was a serious breach of the law," Ms Naisoro said in a statement.

Ms Naisoro said the incident occurred at 3pm on Tuesday on a farm road along the Kings Road.

"The 14-year-old was returning from Vaturua with the passengers on board and while descending the slope on the Wailailai farm access road, he lost control of the vehicle which tumbled down the hill towards the main road.

"Two of the passengers, students aged 16 and eight, are admitted at the CWM (Colonial War Memorial) Hospital while the rest of the passengers were treated and discharged."

Ms Naisoro said the fact that the teenager was allowed to drive in the first place was of great concern and as such the owner of the vehicle could face charges if it was proved he gave his consent.

She said parents must make better and informed decisions with regards to their children's safety and set the right examples.


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