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10 September 2010 :: 15:09:29 pm 37965

Fatal Pattaya Baht-Bus Accident Caused by Drunk Canadian

An intoxicated Canadian motorist on Friday morning caused a fatal car accident with a baht-bus at the Loma roundabout in North Pattaya, according to police. All twelve people involved in the accident were later transported to hospital, one Thai woman later dying of her injuries.
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Pattaya, the 10th of September 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 4:00am on Friday, Lieutenant Chaliew Bunkhum (Pattaya Police Investigator) was notified of a severe car accident at the Loma roundabout in North Pattaya. At team of officers along with emergency response and rescue teams were dispatched to the incident to investigate.

At the scene, Pattaya Beach Road just off the Loma roundabout, officers observed the two involved vehicles, a blue Isuzu baht-bus and black Nissan frontier, positioned on the roadside in severely damaged states.

According to witnesses at the scene, the driver of the black Nissan, Mr. Francois Joseph Giannini [46], a Canadian national, was driving at high-speed from Pattaya-Naklua Road. He allegedly avoided the roundabout, crashing into the side of the baht bus, which had been turning onto Beach Road from the Pattaya 2nd Road. The baht-bus was then thrown into a coconut tree on the side of the road before coming to a stop.

Three passengers had been ejected from the baht-bus in the collision, while a further six and the driver of the bus were severely injured in the accident. All involved passengers were Thai nationals (8 females & 1 male). The nine passengers were transported to varying hospitals around Pattaya, one woman reportedly later died of her injuries at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.

Emergency crews, using the ‘jaws of life’, worked for over 30-minutes to free the driver of the bus, who is thought to have suffered a fractured neck in the accident. Mr. Giannini and his Thai wife reportedly only suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision; both were later taken to hospital for treatment. Mr. Giannini is thought to have been intoxicated and/or under the influence of illegal narcotics at the time of the incident, with witnesses stating that he was ‘roistering’ around immediately following the accident.

At present, police investigating the incident, reported Mr. Giannini’s ignorance of the roundabout and his apparent intoxication and/or drug use as the overriding factors in the fatal crash. Officers are now in the process of obtaining statements from all involved in the accident, while blood/alcohol tests have been conducted on Mr. Giannini.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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