More accidents add to rising tally

Wednesday September 20, 2017 Written by Published in Local

Policeconcerns about the rising number of car and bike crashes on the island were highlighted over the weekend, with three accidents reported to the Cook Islands Police service between Friday and Sunday.


Two bike riders were taken to hospital for further examination following a collision at Blackrock between a car and a motorcycle at around 7pm. The passenger, who is pregnant, was kept overnight for observation.

Police said the driver of the car had made a right turn onto a side road and collided with the oncoming motorcyclist. The driver is now facing charges.

At 8.30pm on Friday police responded to a motor vehicle crash in Maraerenga village. The driver of a 4WD driving through the village collided with a parked 4WD and one of the vehicles sustained minor damage. The driver was taken and tested for excess blood alcohol. The incident is being investigated.

Just one vehicle was involved in a crash in Ruaau on Sunday at about 12.30pm. Police who attended the accident said a family was returning from church and heading home to Tupapa when one of the rear tyres to their vehicle burst, causing the driver to lose control. One passenger was taken to hospital for medical examination.

Police attended one callout to one domestic incident over the weekend. It was reported at 9.30am on Friday morning and involved a young Tupapa couple, who were given counselling for family issues. 

A burglary at a business premises in Avarua was reported to police at around 10am on Saturday morning.

Some property was taken from the building and the. Police Criminal Investigations Branch is now investigating the matter.

An assault on a woman at an Avarua establishment was reported at 1.45am on Saturday. Police said investigations were continuing to apprehend the offender.

Police responded to several calls regarding dangerous and careless drivers over the weekend.

“This has become a concern as this kind of behaviour can lead to motor vehicle crashes,” a police spokesman said. Police are following up on drivers who are alleged to have committed the offences.

Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents or previous incidents should call police on 22499.

All information received will be treated as strictly confidential.         - Release

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