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14 October 2010 :: 12:10:10 pm 43935

Pattaya Hit & Run Jetski Rider Surrenders over Iranians Death

The man wanted by authorities over the death of an Iranian national in the Pattaya Bay last week has surrendered to police on Wednesday, claiming he had no knowledge of the accident until witnessing the reports on television.
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Pattaya, the 13th of October 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Following the death of Mr. Mohsen Fakhari [35], an Iranian national who was struck on the head by a jetski while swimming in the Pattaya Bay last week, Pattaya police successfully impounded the offending blue-white jetski named ‘Khattiya.’

Investigating with the owner of the vehicle, officers were able to attain a warrant from the Pattaya District Court for the arrest of Mr. Narong Meejaeng [23], the alleged rider of the jetski at the time of Mr. Fakhari’s death.

Before authorities could instigate the arrest warrant, Mr. Meejaeng appeared before Lieutenant Colonel Tarathep Toopanich (Pattaya Police Deputy Superintendent) on Wednesday evening having returned from his hometown in Phitsanulok, central-northern Thailand.

Mr. Meejaeng explained that he was a speedboat driver in Pattaya and was currently on a one-month holiday during the low season. On the evening of the incident in which Mr. Fakhari was killed, he admitted to being the rider of the confiscated jetski, which he says belonged to a friend.

According to a police statement, Mr. Meejaeng alleges that he had taken the jetski for a ride from around the Soi 11 area of Pattaya Beach, where he and a group of friends had been drinking alcohol. Regarding the death of Mr. Fakhari, he stated that he had collided with a coconut floating on the water while he was riding on the jetski, but did not realise that it had actually been the head of a swimmer.

Mr. Meejaeng explained that he had heard of a warrant for his arrest while watching the national news on television in his home province of Phitsanulok, before returning to Pattaya in order to surrender to police.

Lt. Col. Toopanich revealed that the offender has subsequently been granted bail, having paid Bt100,000 insurance, under the conditions that he report for further questioning over the incident when required.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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