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Crash claims two

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, December 13, 2013

TWO people lost their lives and a 20-year-old man is in police custody following an accident at Nabuna flats, Tavua, yesterday.

West media liaison officer Naina Ragigia said the deceased was travelling in a vehicle heading from Rakiraki to Tavua on the Kings Rd when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

"The rental vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Provisional Licence holder travelled out of control for 71m," she said.

"As a result of the accident a 19-year-old female and 18-year-old male died while a three-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were rushed to the Lautoka Hospital where they remain in a critical condition."

"We are still trying to determine what caused the driver to lose control, he was questioned and remains in custody at the Tavua police station."

The police spokeswoman said drivers had to take extra precautions and follow road rules and speed limits.

The national road toll now stands at 39 compared to 40 for the same period last year.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination carried out on 46-year-old taxidriver Francis Deo and 11-year-old Samantha Deo has revealed the duo died of asphyxia because of drowning.

The father and daughter were reported missing after they failed to show up at a relative's place at Tunalia near Nadi on Sunday night.

Their bodies were discovered on Wednesday afternoon by villagers combing the area.