DAEWOOSA SAMOA OWNER INJURED IN CAR INCIDENT

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 28, 2000 - PIDP/CPIS)---Daewoosa Samoa’s owner-president, Kil-Soo Lee, was injured in an alleged hit-and-run incident Wednesday afternoon just outside of the garment plant’s compound, said company manager Virginia Soliai.

Whether the hit-and-run was deliberate or accidental is not immediately known. But the incident comes just 30 days after the November 28th melee at the factory that seriously injured a Vietnamese worker.

The car incident occurred around 5:00 p.m. Mr. Lee was rushed to the LBJ Tropical Medical Center’s Emergency Room by EMS personnel who responded to a 911 call from the compound.

Soliai said Mr. Lee’s legs were injured in what she called "a hit and run situation."

A company security guard identified the driver of the car, who came to the gate to drop off a Vietnamese worker.

Police have already obtained a statement from the security guard and have identified the woman involved. No charges have been filed but the investigation continues.

Both police and hospital officials said Mr. Lee’s injuries were not serious as he was treated and released six hours after the accident.

But Soliai said on Thursday that the matter itself is serious and should be looked into thoroughly.

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