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Chanel Lafua to be sentenced on Thursday

Chanel Lafua, behind the wheel of the vehicle that killed four people in front of the StarKist Samoa in December 2021 will be sentenced in the High Court tomorrow.


Lafua, remains in the custody of Police for over two years on bail of $75,000 was faced with nine felony counts and six misdemeanour charges.


The government’s case claims that on Dec. 17, 2021, a call from a member of the public to the Police regarding a reckless vehicle overtaking cars in the Fagatogo area.

A Police Unit stationed in Satala waited for the said vehicle to approach and officers observed the car in question travelling at a high rate of speed, approximately 60-70 mph, passing ASCO motors in Pago Pago.

Officers responded the vehicle sped away and they lost sight of it.

Not long after there were calls regarding a major crash at the main gate of StarKist Samoa with possible injuries and requested medical assistance.

Eventually, officers were able to identify 4 causalities and approximately 5 injured parties resulting from the crash.

Those who passed, as a result, were Ierome Vili, Alatina Faleasi, Taumaoe Olive and Fa’asaulala Ahoni.


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