US Samoa has first traffic death in three years

Last updated 08:05 29/08/2012

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American Samoa's first traffic fatality in three years has claimed the life of a retired police commander.

According to court documents, 72-year-old Malele Forsythe was killed over the weekend while walking in a marked crosswalk.

Bus driver Reino Esera has been charged with homicide by vehicle. He told investigators he fell asleep behind the wheel. He is being held on US$15,000 (NZ$18,644) bail.

It's not clear how fast the bus was travelling. The crash happened in an area with a 30kmh speed limit. The highest speed limit in the US territory is 50kmh.

Traffic Division Police Captain John Cendrowski tells Samoa News the island's first traffic fatality in three years comes after public pleas for tired drivers to pull over and take a nap.

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- AP

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