Fatal smash gets weekend off to tragic start

Tuesday November 21, 2017 Written by Published in Local

A motorcycle accident near the seawall in which a Fijian national died on Saturday evening provided a tragic start to the weekend for local police.


In Cook Islands Police Service’s weekend report, a spokesman said the driver of the motorcycle was found unconscious at the scene of the smash and was taken to hospital for treatment. However, he later died as a result of his injuries.

The spokesman said an inquiry was continuing into the accident, which was the second fatal motorcycle crash in just one week.

On Saturday night at around 11pm police responded to a motor vehicle crash in Pue involving a car driven by a female. Police said mechanical problems were reported to be cause of the accident but when the driver was breathalysed, she was found to be over the breath/alcohol limit. The driver will appear in court this week. 

Police were called out to a domestic dispute between a young couple in Nikao village shortly after 2am on Saturday morning One person was removed from the home and taken to a relative’s residence for the night. Investigating officers said alcohol was a contributing factor.

Just one burglary was reported over the weekend, involving an establishment in Takuvaine which was broken into in the early hours of Sunday morning. Meanwhile, a complaint regarding the theft of a wallet in Parekura resulted in the arrest of a male who will appear in the Avarua High Court this week.

Police responded to a complaint of excessive noise from a home in the village of Rangiura Nikao at about 4:30am on Sunday.

The police spokesman said the residents were spoken to and the matter dealt with.

Six people were arrested over the weekend for a variety of offences ranging from theft, driving while disqualified, contempt of court, fighting in a public place and driving with excess breath alcohol. They will appear later in court this week.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their assistance and cooperation over the weekend. “Please look after our children and be mindful of your neighbours when celebrating,” the spokesman said.

“Be vigilant in keeping your homes and properties secure, be considerate on the roads and assist us in apprehending these offenders.”

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

All information received will be treated as confidential.

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