Police follow lead in search of suspect

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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Samoa Police Service.

Samoa Police Service. (Photo: Misiona Simo/Samoa Observer)

The Ministry of Police are following up on a lead in connection to a vehicle that killed a 79 year old mother of Nofoalii.

According to a statement issued by the police, a side mirror belonging to a vehicle was left at the scene of the hit-and-run incident and provides them the only lead into the fatal incident. 

“It is believed a side mirror was located at the scene and police will post on its Facebook page details of the mirror in the hopes of finding the said vehicle. Faleolo outpost is handling this investigation,” the police said in a statement. 

The deceased was identified as Lusi Loua Paulo.

Last week Ms. Paulo’s daughter Segia Paulo told the Samoa Observer what happened.

“On that day she was here with my children but then in the evening she went to the back of our house to pick lopa seeds," she said. 

"This is what she does every day when she gets tired of sitting at home she would go pick lopa seeds."

"So on this particular day, my mother had been gone for a while so we started looking for her. We asked all our neighbours here but nobody seemed to know where she had gone to.”

Segia said none of them had any thought of finding her on the main road as she has never left home. At about 8.00 p.m., a village member told them that their mother had been hit by a car at Vaialua

“I was shocked because this is the first she had left our house and she got hit by a car there." 

"When we received the news, she had already been taken to Moto’otua Hospital. So we rushed over to see her but she had left us because of the severe injuries that she sustained.”

The family hopes the Police will apprehend the person who killed her.

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