House crash vic­tim farewelled Fri­day

South Waikato News - - Out & About - PHILLIPA YALDEN

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.

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