Speeding taxi lands three in hospital

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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The taxi that crashed into the BBQ restaurant after bumping the pedestrians.

The taxi that crashed into the BBQ restaurant after bumping the pedestrians. (Photo: Areta Areta)

Speeding has allegedly led to another vehicle crash and injuries to three pedestrians, including a three-year-old girl, who is in a critical condition at the Moto’otua hospital.

The traffic accident at around 2pm yesterday occurred when a speeding taxi—which according to eyewitnesses was in a race with another vehicle—hit three pedestrians on Levili road and landed in a nearby restaurant. It was heading towards Apia Park when the accident occurred.

“The cars were racing. The taxi struck the three-year-old girl and the other two people. 

“Due to the strong impact, the girl flew and landed about 15 meters from where the incident occurred, the taxi then spun around and rammed into the BBQ place. 

“We quickly rushed to the girl’s aid and wave down another taxi to take the pedestrians to the hospital,” said Malie Alesana, who was at the scene when the accident happened.

Newly established business BBQ restaurant was also damaged by the taxi. Photo: Areta Areta
Newly established business BBQ restaurant was also damaged by the taxi. Photo: Areta Areta

Mr. Alesana told Samoa Observer that members of the public rushed to the scene—and they were able to calm them down—as they waited for the Police to arrive. The driver of the taxi, which is owned by the 4 Corners Taxi service, was taken into custody by the Police.

This newspaper was unable to get an update last night on the condition of the three pedestrians in the hospital including the girl, who were hit by the taxi yesterday.

The accident made a substantial damage to the BBQ restaurant, which is located at the intersection into the Apia Park stadium. 

The restaurant owner Victor Vaouli said his business is new and the damage will have an impact on their future operations. 

“This has a huge impact on our family business which is fairly new and we just invested in a new grill,” he said.

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