Driver involved in violent crash: 'I'm supposed to be dead'

KENT, Wash. -- A Kent church cancelled its Memorial Day picnic following a Sunday car crash that injured seven parishioners and two others.

Reverend John Molia of New Beginning Church said he can't think about fun and food when so many people are recovering from Sunday's wreck.

"Worry, worry, worry, because I'm the pastor and I don't want anybody hurt," he said.

A half hour before Sunday's Samoan service, Molia received an upsetting call. He learned his church van, which was packed with seven parishioners, was involved in a serious accident in Kent.

Ambulances rushed Molia's daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren to area hospitals.

Loata Toliniu was driving the van.

"I'm supposed to be dead," Toliniu said.

He said he was heading down hill when a car didn't yield and drove in front of him.

"God, let it happen to me, not my passengers, because I had two babies," Toliniu said.

Toliniu was the last of the congregation to leave the hospital on Monday. His legs are scratched and a bone in his chest was broken in the crash.

He said he had to bash his driver's side door open to check on the passengers.

"God is so amazing, the way he protected me and my passengers," he said.

Molia said when one church member is hurt, they all ache. And on Sunday, he had seven patients to visit.

"I just lay my hand on top them and pray," he said.

His prayers were answered and all the church members are doing well. Now the church has to find the money for a new van.

"We have a lot of people they don't have a ride to church," Molia said.

The church has canceled all its services until next Sunday.