Family of accident victim strikes out


GRIEVING and frustrated relatives of a youth killed in a car accident in 2015 have forcibly taken over 10 container trucks and three Toyota Land Cruisers owned by Angore landowners.
Southern Highlands and Hela police commanders met the grieving relatives at the Margarima Police Station in Hela on Friday.
Southern Highlands police commander Joseph Tondop said the late Nason Philip, a grade 12 student, died in an accident on Nov 2015 at Utupia village in the Poroma local level governent of Southern Highlands. The car which was involved in the accident belonged to the Angore Landowners’ Association.
Tondop said that the relatives of Philip have taken the 10 trucks and three Land Cruisers owned by the association and are holding them because their compensation demands have not been met.
He said the grieving relatives have given their assurance that the vehicles from Hela will not be stopped and passengers will not be harmed on the Utupia road.
“However, the relatives have said that they would not release the vehicles belonging to theAngore association until their compensation demands were met.
“Grieving relatives are not happy with the long delay in the compensation payments.”
Tondop said he and Hela police commander Michael Welly were happy with the assurance of the relatives that cars would not be stopped or people harassed along the highway.
He said they would also try to hold a meeting between the association chairman and the relatives to sort the matter out.