Vehicle kills girl

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 24 September 2018, 12:00AM

A family from Faleula is mourning the death of their six-year-old daughter after she was hit by a vehicle on Sunday morning.

The death was confirmed yesterday by a member of the extended family of the deceased. The family member requested that their names be withheld as the extended family did not want to talk to the media.

“A traditional apology has already been done this morning and we have already accepted the apology, and we had forgiven the family, especially the person who was behind the wheel.

“Therefore, it does not look good on us to accept the apology by the family and they see that we went ahead and spoke to the media about it. But we do miss our little girl and that is all I can say,” the family member told Samoa Observer. 

The young girl was returning home after Sunday school when she was hit by the vehicle according to the family member. 

“She was crossing the road when the car hit her. Her body was found about 20 meters away from where the car hit her. It was a sad scene and she is sorely missed. Tomorrow (today) is actually her birthday and yet she is gone.”

A police officer, who is not authorised to speak to the media, told Samoa Observer that the vehicle involved is a Hyundai Tucson and a female driver has been charged. 

“She was heading from Faleolo to Apia when the incident occurred. The accused is being charged with negligence driving causing death.

“She is 29 years old, that is all I can say,” said the police officer.

Emails and telephone calls made to the Ministry of Police for a comment were not responded to at the time of going to press.

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 24 September 2018, 12:00AM
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