Tragic and yet preventable

Two blokes holidaying in Samoa are dead and it was all preventable.

The NZ Herald reports:

A night out in Samoa ended in tragedy for two Kiwi men who were killed in a car accident.

Aucklander Thesaurus Heather, 20, and Wellington man Jesse Risale, 21, died early last Thursday when the Land Cruiser they were in flipped several times in the village of Vailoa, Faleata.

The pair were sitting on the back of the ute at the time. 

The driver, a 19-year-old woman, and another passenger sitting inside the vehicle survived. It is understood alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Mr Heather grew up in Auckland and is a former student of Otahuhu College. In April he went to Samoa for his grandmother’s funeral and had been living there ever since. He was due back in two weeks to continue his studies in architecture at Unitec.

His adoptive mother, Debbie Sorensen, told the Herald the family were distraught with grief.

“It’s a tragedy and it’s about young people making poor decisions. It was entirely preventable and it’s a waste.”

Ms Sorensen said their family had taken Mr Heather in after his mother moved to Samoa seven years ago.

Actually the poor decision-making was made several years earlier when the mother of one of the victims gave hims a Silly First Name…she probably thought she was naming her son after some sort of dinosaur…and that would be awesome bro.

That was the start of predictable sequence of events caused by a preventable illness called Silly First Name Syndrome. The are now two more victims of the disease…when will the government act?


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  • John1234

    Someone should get one of those $x00,000 university research grants to study and report on SFNS.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Was in Samoa back in August – and the drivers/driving there is some scary shit!
    Just as well the plane landed at midnight, so one could easily see the on coming cars, making it easier to avoid head on accidents on your way to your resort. It was only the dogs sleeping on the warm roads one had to worry about then… and the local drivers!
    Certainly it’s not for the faint hearted!

  • metalnwood

    By Darwin I christen you Thesaurus.

    I bet he was a good speller though, things could only get easier when the first thing you had to write on every english paper was Thesaurus.

  • cows4me

    What was his second name Webster or Collins?

    • rickh


      • Dixinary

        • Bunswalla

          Don’t know, but his father’s name was Roger…