Police release details on PMV driver’s death

NCD police have released details surrounding the death of the PMV driver, which has resulted in the grounding of PMV buses this morning.

NCD metropolitan superintendent Ben Turi told Loop PNG that the deceased reportedly jumped out of a police vehicle in an attempt to escape detention.

According to police reports, the deceased was picked up after the bus he was driving ran into a power pole at East Boroko.

“The public tried to beat him up so officers picked him up. While on their way to the Boroko Police Station, he jumped out of the cage,” says Turi.

“A security vehicle then picked him up and took him to the hospital, where he died at 5pm yesterday (Dec 14).”

Turi says they are now waiting for post mortem results from the hospital.

“We will find out whether the vehicle he has been running around in has been registered, whether he had a licence, all these things,” the police boss told Loop.

He says people should know the truth before they start pointing fingers.   

“We are not going to be blamed for nothing,” states Turi.

“Police did their job by saving him from the hands of the public and took him in for questioning, but he decided to jump out of a moving vehicle.”

(The PMV buses being grounded at Unagi Oval, Gordon, this morning)

Carmella Gware