“I’m safe, alive and well,” P.M. says after car crash

By Joyetter Feagaimaali'i, 25 April 2019

“I am safe, alive and well.”

That’s the response from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to questions from the Samoa Observer about his wellbeing following an incident where a vehicle driven by a drunk driver crashed into his official vehicle.

The crash occurred at Aufaga last week when the Prime Minister was on an official inspection visit.

“There is no need to panic,” Tuilaepa said. “I am safe, alive and well.”

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Tuilaepa confirmed the crash saying it is being investigated by the Police.

“I mentioned the said accident in my public address one week ago in the presence of the media at the opening of the Aufaga school which you should have picked up but there has been no media comment on it until now,” he said.

“I have been informed however that the other driver was driving under the influence (of alcohol) and is currently on the run from the authorities.”

This week, Police Superintendent Soloi Iosefa said they are currently looking for the driver.

“To date, we have not found the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the Prime Minister’s vehicle,” he said.

As for the vehicle involved in the crash, he said: “That vehicle has been turned over to the family that owns the vehicle. But the driver on the day of the incident is on the run and we are currently looking for him.

“The driver is from Lepa. The Police investigation is continuing."

By Joyetter Feagaimaali'i, 25 April 2019

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