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Pattaya Daily News

24 September 2008 :: 16:09:05 pm 10346

Hit-And-Run Driver Kills A Student Motorcyclist

Pattaya Pol.Maj. Suriya Wariwong was notified of the incident, at 11.30 AM, on Sept. 24. The accident happened at the entrance of a brick factory , banumper –Sak ngeaw Road, Moo. 9 Houyyai. A police team and Sawang Boriboon Rescue hurried to investigate the incident.
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At the scene, police found the dead body of a Thai boy, lying on the ground, wearing student uniform, a white shirt and black shorts. He had sustained a severe head wound and his neck was broken. The Honda wave, blue,motorbike, Chonburi-registered license No. 253, had fallen next to the decease body.

Police found an I.D. card of the boy, Wattana Wornmeung (13), a student of Sattahip Witayakom school, address 166 Moo. 6 Houyyai, Banglamung, Chonburi, which police kept as evidence.

Mr. Pichet Pah-chuk,a witness told police he had seen the boy riding his motorbike, heading towards Shak-ngaew. A 10 wheels truck[ no identification was taken] had then apparently approached at speed and turned left into the Soi and had crashed into the motorbike, killing the boy instantly. The truck driver, however, did not stop but sped away.

Mr. Somchai Wornmeung, the father of the victim told the police with tears on his face that his son went to have his final examination very early this morning, sadly he rushed back home but did not make it.

Police issued an alert, but no trace of the truck driver was found. However, police will search for the truck’s owner who would face arrest, being charged failing to either report the incident or to await police, and the driver being charged with causing a death and run away.

Notes from the editor:

Normally, locals are aware of the appalling road habits of all too many drivers in Pattaya, who have only recently even begun to stop at red lights at all, compounded by the often faulty operation of the traffic lights, the apparent inactivity of the police who are ostensibly manning the roadside police boxes at junctions and the fact that there appear to be few road traffic police patrols, apart from the occasional roadblock. Almost invariably, drivers speed up as lights are about to change, or on semi-permanent amber, and resort to sounding their horns as a deterrent to would be road-crossers at junctions, whether pedestrians, motorcyclists, or vehicle drivers. However, visitors and tourist to Pattaya are frequently, not so aware.
On June 16, 28, there was a case of fatal hit-and-run involving a British female tourist to Pattaya, Jennifer Burden, 26, who was struck trying to cross Pattaya Third Road opposite the Mityon Company in Central Pattaya at 2:35 a.m. by an unidentified driver in a four-door green pickup, who police are still trying to trace. The victim later died in hospital.

The police’s task in trying to apprehend hit-and-run offenders is often inordinately difficult, especially late at night, due to poor road lighting, the general emptiness of the streets, the notoriously poor memory of the average witness, and the reluctance of individuals to become involved because of the inconvenience of having to spend long hours in the police station because of the lengthy processing time. The matter is further compounded if a foreigner is involved, often requiring translators.

Readers might wonder why PDN doesn’t always follow up the case to find out the result and keep on reporting. The truth is we have, as in the cases of murders like the two Russian women last year and the recent one-legged Finn, various suicides, the sea-rescue team’s inactivity, the road budget, the Karaoke mission, the internet and music copyright cases, cases of human trafficking, the local election etc. However, it is often extremely difficult to penetrate the veils thrown over such cases by ongoing police investigations and the Thai judicial system. Nevertheless, we do our best to bring the truth as far as we are able to our readers, even at risk of closure!

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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