3 Jan 2020

American Samoa death prompts high level resignation

11:07 am on 3 January 2020
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The motor accident death of a staffer of American Samoa's Department of Agriculture has prompted the director to submit his resignation.

The worker died in a traffic accident on New Year's Eve in the village of Failolo.

She was riding in the back of a Department truck and was thrown out with another passenger, when the driver couldn't negotiate a curve and ran off the road.

Police said preliminary investigations showed the driver was intoxicated and the vehicle speeding.

The dead woman was a 2018 graduate of Tafuna High School.

The accident followed an end of year luncheon at the Department compound.

Following the fatal accident the Director of Agriculture, Filifaatali Mike Fuiava, submitted his resignation.