Eyewitness tells of horror on Apia road
A 62-year-old man who died when he was struck by a speeding car was hit with such force that body parts were scattered over the road.
One woman fainted at the scene and was taken to hospital. An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said she heard a bang and ran to the road. The car was still rolling when she got there. The pedestrian had lost his legs in the impact, his body shaking violently.
“The body was on one side of the road and both his legs were on the other side of the road,” said the eyewitness.
She said that the man had severe injuries to his face and head.
“When I ran to where the deceased body was lying he was still shaking,” she said.
She said that this was one of the worst accidents she ever saw and will never forget what she had seen. “Many people who saw the incident were vomiting, and there was a mother who was rushed to the hospital after she fainted when she saw the body of the deceased,” she said.
Some eyewitnesses took photos on mobile phones and uploaded them to social networks.
The woman said that youths who were playing rugby on a field next to the accident tried to cover up the body of the victim. Police investigating the car involved in the accident didn’t immediately know there was a pedestrian involved too.
When they found out they immediately took the body of the man to the hospital.
In a press release yesterday, Acting Commissioner Afamasaga Michael Soonalole confirmed the death of a 62-year-old male from Vaitele-tai. They said this was one of the most serious accidents that has happened this year.
His name was not released.
The police release contradicted radio news reports that the driver had died.
The family of the pedestrian at Vaitele-tai did not want to comment or talk about their father’s death yesterday.
One of the man’s daughters approached the Samoa Observer at their gate yesterday and said that their family is not in a position to comment.
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