Soldier dies after fall from vehicle in Haʻateiho, driver charged

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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