Woman in a coma

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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A woman who drove one of two cars involved in a near-fatal collision at Vailima on Saturday afternoon is fighting for her life at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital.

The driver of the white sedan travelling up the hill, when it attempted to overtake another vehicle, which led to the collision, is in a coma.

This was the latest update from Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo yesterday.

Aupa’au said the Police investigation is continuing and no one has been charged yet. The Samoa Observer understands that the collision was one of two serious car crashes on the same road on Saturday.

The road has recently been resealed.

Police Officers told the Samoa Observer the woman in the white sedan was at fault according to witnesses in the area where the crash took place. 

Eyewitnesses say the woman was travelling up the hill and may have been trying to overtake another vehicle when she collided with an oncoming black vehicle, which was being driven by another woman.

VEHICLE INVOLVED: One of the vehicles involved in the crash. Photo: Misiona Simo
VEHICLE INVOLVED: One of the vehicles involved in the crash. Photo: Misiona Simo

According to an eyewitness, the crash caused the white car to spin 180 degrees in the opposite direction before it came to an absolute stop in front of a shop next to Ray’s Taxi Stand.

The loud thud from the crash and car alarms alerted the surrounding residents in the vicinity to rush out. The collision could be heard by guests at the nearby Manumea Hotel.

One guest said she did not witness the crash as it occurred but the loud sound was enough to alert her to call an ambulance immediately. 

According to a family member of the passengers in the black vehicle, the vehicle was driven by a woman with her children in the back seat and he arrived there just as they were being transported to the hospital.

A video of what ensued shortly after the crash was given to the Sunday Samoan by a male eye witness who works at the shop where the crash occurred.

The footage showed some of the men rushing to assist the woman in the white car, who appeared to be semi-unconscious and bleeding from a head injury most likely sustained when the frontal air bags deployed.

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