House crash victim farewelled Friday
A woman killed when her car struck a house being transported through the North Island has been farewelled.
Nadia Kolopa Asalemo, 28, was killed in the collision that took the roof off her car as she travelled north near Tokoroa in the middle of the night on October 6.
The Hutt Valley local - a young mother - is one of the 297 people who have died in road crashes so far this year.
Family and friends gathered to farewell her at the New Life Church in Naenae, not far from her home, on Friday morning.
Asalemo was one of the 14 people who lost their lives between October 6 and October 9.
Asalemo was driving along State Highway 1 about 6km south of Tokoroa at 1.35am on October 6 when her car somehow struck the right front edge of a house being transported along the highway.
‘‘When we arrived, the vehicle was approximately 80 to 100 metres north of the truck and house on the road,’’ Tokoroa Fire Chief Dave Morris said.
‘‘It completely ripped her roof off. There was no damage to the front bonnet of the car - basically from windscreen height up.’’
Paramedics from Tokoroa and Putaruru were already at the scene, he said, working on Asalemo.
‘‘We liaised with them and we had to do some cutting of the remains of the roof and door pillars to extricate her from the vehicle.’’
Asalemo was then taken to Tokoroa Hospital, where she died later that morning, police confirmed. Morris said the house appeared to be a standard single-storey three-bedroom home.
It was being flanked by pilot vehicles and was equipped with lights.
‘‘Whether she didn’t see it or whatever, I don’t know - I don’t know how you couldn’t see it with the flashing lights.’’
The collision happened on an area known as the ‘‘roller coaster straights’’. Named after the road’s previous up and down surface, that section had now been flattened and was a fairly straight piece of highway, he said.
NZTA manager of permitting assessments Riccardo Areosa said the load involved in the fatal collision had a permit in accordance with the Land Transport rules for vehicle dimensions and mass.
Nadia Kolopa Asalemo,28, has been farewelled after she was killed in her car on October 6.