The first person to be killed in a road traffic accident for 2017 in Tonga has been identified as Rev. Tevita Mausia of Haʻateiho.

A Police spokesperson said: “I can only confirm there was a road fatality at Ha’ateiho. The first Road death for the Year”.

The Mausia family had reported the incident on Facebook saying the deceased died after he was allegedly hit by a van this morning while walking to a church service.