Prayer service held in NZ  for Tongan teenager who died in Australia

A prayer service was held in South Auckland last night to remember a Tongan male teenager who was killed in a car accident in Australia on Sunday morning.

Tupou Lātū Taulanga,18, died after a utility and a sedan collided while travelling on the Sturt Highway near the intersection of Tarpaulin Road, 35km west of Euston, about 6.45am, Police said.

His maternal family and relatives from Hāʻano, Pukotala, Haʻapai held a failotu for the deceased in Mangere.

A family spokesperson said some family members are travelling to Australia to attend the funeral services next week.

The driver of the deceased’s car and a second male passenger sustained critical injuries.

It’s believed that one of the vehicles had swerved to miss a kangaroo, according to Mildura Independent online.

Maria Ienco, 67, the driver and sole occupant of the other car died at the scene, Sunraysia Daily reported.

“Taulanga attended Robinvale P-12 College and has been remembered as an avid sportsman and talented member of his school’s brass band”, the paper said.

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