Pattaya Daily News

06 December 2012 :: 10:12:25 am 69126

Young Driver Flees After Killing Motorbike Rider

A speeding Toyota sedan struck a motorbike near the overpass to Bali Hai pier, killing a 32-year-old tourist passenger and injuring the bike’s driver-for-hire. The car also bowled over a row of parked motorcycles. The car’s four occupants got out and fled the scene by hopping on motorbikes.
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PATTAYA – December 5, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: at 2:10 a.m., a report of a speeding car that smashed into motorcyles and killed someone was received by Pol. Lt. Capt. Supachoke Kangwalwanich, detective officer, Pattaya police station. Police went to check the scene with the rescue team from Sawang Boriboon foundation Pattaya.

The incident occurred near the overpass bridge going to Bali-Hai at south Pattaya road, at the front of the Echin shop opposite to Sechaun Pan Pork.

At the scene, police found more than 10 damaged motorcycles lying on the ground. They had been hit by a black Toyota Yaris that was half resting on the sidewalk in front of the Echin shop next to a 7-Eleven store.

A severely damaged motorbike was wedged under the car. It had been initially struck by the car and dragged along. The taxi motorcycle driver was seriously injured and rushed to Banglamung Hospital. He was identified as Mr. Pongsak Seekong , 52 years old.

Lying dead on the ground nearby was the motorbike’s passenger, identified as Mr. Magloire Gregory, 32 years old, from France. He had suffered broken legs and arms and a wound to his head.

A witness told police that Mr. Magliore had been on the passenger seat of the motorbike when it was struck by the speeding vehicle. The impact flung Mr. Magliore’s body off the motorcycle and he hit the windshield of the car. Then the Toyota ran over him, and the motorcycle ended up stuck under the car.

Inside the Toyota were two young men and two young women, witnesses said. They got out of the vehicle, but did not seem to be injured. They escaped by getting on taxi motorcycles, using the chaos to their advantage. The police broadcasted through the radio for other police officers to look out for the suspects to arrest them, but they were not found.

The police questioned another female eyewitness. She had seen the collision and said she was still feeling great shock. The witness said she had been riding on a motorcycle with her foreign boyfriend driving down the overpass bridge by Bali Hai. The Toyota sedan was following them fast, and then pulled ahead of them.

After they passed the bridge and approached the corner, the automobile did not slow down. It swerved out of control and hit the motorbike carrying the Thai driver and his foreign passenger.

The car then careened into 10 motorcycles parked in front of the Echin shop about 50 meters from the corner. The car came to rest halfway on the sidewalk, without injuring anyone else. The driver and his passengers got out of the car, and seemed OK. Then they escaped by getting on taxi motorcycles.

After hearing the eyewitness testimonies, the police assumed the occupants of the car had been drunk, and the driver did not slow down when approaching the corner. So he lost control of his speeding vehicle and it crashed into the motorcycles.

The police checked the scene and documented the damages and testimonies of witnesses thoroughly. After the motorbike driver recovers sufficiently, police will question him further. The body of the foreigner was sent to Banglamong hospital, and police will inform his relatives.

As for the driver of the abandoned Toyota, police will trace its owner to question and prosecute.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Community News

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