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American Samoa gets 1st traffic death in three years

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- 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 was charged Monday with homicide by vehicle. He told investigators he fell asleep behind the wheel. He is being held on US$15,000 bail.

It's not clear how fast the bus was traveling. The crash happened in an area with a 20 mph speed limit. The highest speed limit in the U.S. territory is 30 mph.

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