Toddler,3, first to die on Tonga roads in 2016

A three-year-old toddler was killed on Taufaʻāhau Rd in Veitongo on Saturday January 2, 2016, Tonga Police said.

The toddler was struck by a pickup van while crossing the road. He was rushed to hospital but died shortly after.

Nukuʻalofa Police Superintend Tēvita Fifita reportedly said the incident happened at about 1pm when a van travelling westbound appeared to have tried to bypass a parked car on the side of the road hit the toddler.

The driver of the van a 75-year-old man from Folaha was arrested and charged with reckless driving causing death.

He would appear in court today.

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