Still no hit-and-run leads: Police.

The Deputy Police Commissioner has confirmed that investigations are continuing into an incident where an 18-year-old student was left dead on the side of the road after being fatally mowed down by a car.

Two months on, Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo said that Police are yet to make any arrests or provide an update on their investigation into the crime.

"We still have no lead and the investigation is pending," Auapa'au told the Samoa Observer.

"We will inform you if we have any leads or any update on the case, but as of today, we are still looking into the matter and are conducting investigations at the moment."

To date, the Police are still appealing for the public to provide information about the case and the driver of the vehicle that killed the university student to step forward and take responsibility.

Tuuau Faasavalu or Ituau, as he was known to friends and family, was found lying on the side of the road at Vaitele's Maali Street in the early hours of 21 April and declared dead on arrival at the Tupua Tamasese National Hospital at Motootua. 

The body of the deceased underwent an autopsy by a recently visiting contingent of Chinese pathologists who came to Samoa for the purpose of overcoming a mortuary backlog. 

In April, the Ministry of Police and Prisons requested that the general public provide information about the hit-and-run traffic accident in the early hours of Wednesday 21 April 2021 at Vaitele, Maali Street.

“Ituau or Tuau as he is known to his friends and family died from severe injuries. He would have celebrated his 19 birthday on Saturday 24 April 2021," the Police said on their Facebook page.

“We appeal to the driver to come forward or members of the public on any information that may lead to the discovery of the driver or vehicle to please contact our Traffic Unit on telephone 26712.”

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