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15-year-old boy arrested after ‘Eua hit-and-run kills pedestrian

A 15-year-old driver has been arrested after a 21-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run in ‘Eua on Friday 11.

Tonga Police. Photo/Kalino Lātū

The victim from Angahā sustained severe head injuries and later died at the hospital around 9.14 pm that night, Police said.

Police arrested the unlicensed driver from Futu not long after the incident.

“He was driving in vehicle L15821 heading east on the main road and had swayed too far to the left side and hit the deceased from behind, who was on foot heading in the same direction, forcing him off the ground, and landed on his head”.

The driver failed to stop after the impact.

The doctor confirmed that the deceased died from the severe injuries to his head.

The driver had been remanded in custody while investigation continues.

This road fatality has pushed Tonga’s road death toll so far this year to 12.

Police said: “We are approaching the festive season and Tonga Police is urging the public to be more responsible for safety on our roads, not only for their safety but also for the safety of other road users. It should always start from home, where parents and adults should never allow unlicensed and/or intoxicated persons to get behind the wheel. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility”.