The vehicle that was involved in the incident at the Tenaru bridge. PHOTO BENJAMIN AFUGA
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Man running from police mows down crowd killing 5


Five people are dead and three others injured after they were run over by a person being chased by police at the old Tenaru bridge, east of Honiara.

Police in a statement said the fatal accident occurred on Wednesday night when a land cruiser chased by police for careless driving drove through a group of people who were doing a fundraising in front of the old Tenaru Bridge. 

Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Guadalcanal Province, Superintendent Edwin Sevoa confirmed that the land cruiser was chased by police vehicle for careless driving from the Burns Creek area.

“On their way up to Tenaru Bridge, the driver of the land cruiser saw an incoming vehicle on the Bridge and parked vehicle at the western end of the Bridge, so the driver decided to drive through the old Tenaru Bridge where a fundraising was happening,” he said.

Sevoa said the vehicle drove straight towards the crowd, hit several of them and later stopped.

“The driver of the land cruiser had escaped after the fatal accident and was later arrested with his associate. Some unknown person later burnt down the land cruiser into ashes.”

Sevoa said a traffic case was established and investigation is currently on going.

“I call on parties involved in this sad incident to refrain from taking the laws in to your hands and allow police to deal with the matter so that those responsible could face justice.

“Our condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased for the loss of their loved ones,” said Sevoa.

Island Sun was informed that the fatalities included Malaitans, Temotuans and North Guadalcanal citizens.