Driver of Tragic Minivan Crash Charged by Police in Australia

"Victoria police have charged the 25-year-old with two counts of dangerous driving causing death and five counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury"

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The crash scene on the Calder Highway on Tuesday. Photo: NINE NEWS

3 July 2024 Mildura nesr Melbourne Victoria. A man has been charged over the minibus crash in Victoria that killed two Samoan seasonal workers last week.

Two passengers, 43-year-old father of three Siaosi Faamoana and 34-year-old Siu Manu died at the scene and eight other people were injured including the driver, in the tragic accident.

The minibus driven by Fu’a Moananu. veered off the Calder Hwy while it was trying to overtake another vehicle.

The minivan hit a tree before it rolled onto its side. The accident happened about 30km south of Midura

Victoria police have charged the 25-year-old driver of the minivan with two counts of dangerous driving causing death and five counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

The young man who is a seasonal worker from Samoa, is due to appear before the Mildura Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon.

Samoa’s Minister of Finance Lautimuia Afoa Uelese Va’ai, who overlooks the Regional Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme says the driver’s fate will ultimately lie with the Australian Courts.

Should a custodial sentence be handed down, he will either serve time in Australia or back in Samoa.

Two representatives of the Poutasi Development Trust (PET), and Falealili Seasonal Worker Programme arrived into Mildura early this week to help comfort the community of workers facing shock from the incident, and also help to organise the repatriation of Siaosi and Siu back to Samoa, where their families can lay them to rest.

Grieving families have shared their grief on  the difficulty of losing their loved ones while away on temporary employment. Both men were the main bread winners for their developing families, staying away for months at a time.

Social media has been flooded with messages of condolences and tributes for both Siaosi Faamoana and Siu Manu.

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