Soldier dies after fall from vehicle in Haʻateiho, driver charged

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The person appeared in the image has been identified on Facebook as Pita Tonga. Photo/’Isileli Latu Tangulu (Facebook).

A 26-year-old serving soldier died after an incident involving a vehicle he was a passenger in at Haʻateiho Saturday 5.

Telesia Adams from Police Communication Unit at Longolongo  said the deceased was identified as Pita Tonga  from Vavaʻu and he was serving in His Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Adams said Police believed the deceased died after falling off the back of a moving pick up truck on a road in Haʻateiho.

A 48-year-old man from Halaleva was arrested and charged with reckless driving causing death. When the incident happened Police said the driver stopped and helped rush Mr. Tonga to hospital where he died later.

Adams said Police investigation was ongoing and further information would be released once they become available.

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  1. Naʻe mālōlō ʻi he Tokonaki ko hono nima ʻo Sepitemá ha tangata sōtia ʻi ha meʻa ʻeni ne hoko fe’ungatonu mo Ha’ateiho lolotonga naʻá ne heka ko e pāsese ʻi ha meʻalele.

    Fakatatau ki he kau Polisí ko e pekiá naʻe toki mate ki Fale Mahaki hili ʻene tō mei ha veeni naʻá ne heka ai ʻi mui fakataha mo ha pāsese ʻe taha.

    Pehē ʻe Telēsia Adams mei he ʻIuniti Fetuʻutaki ʻa e Kau Polisí mei Longolongó kuo fakamahino ko e pekiá ko Pita Tonga mei Vavaʻu pea ko e sōtia ia ʻi he Vaʻa Fakakautau ʻa ʻEne ʻAfió.

    Kuo puke ai ʻe he kau Polisí ha tangata taʻu 48 mei Halaleva ʻo fakaʻilo ki he fakaʻuli taʻe tokanga ʻo tupunga ai ha mate.

    Ko e fakaʻuli pe foki ne tuʻu ʻo toe leleakiʻi e pekiá ki Fale Mahakí fakatatau ki he fakamatala ʻa e kau Polisí.

    ʻOku kei hoko atu pe fakatotolo ʻa e kau polisí