Australian runs car over Thai man and kills him in Pattaya

An Australian woman claimed ignorance after she drove her car over a Thai man working at the entrance of a condominium in Pattaya yesterday. He died of his injuries almost instantly.

A colleague found Prasit Karbphet at the entrance of Wongamat Residence Condominium at Soi Na Kluea 16 in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri.

Prasit’s colleague, 32 year old Somparn Saengsuwan, rushed out of the bathroom after hearing a cry for help and found the 45 year old lying on the road. He took his last breath and died in front of him.

Somparn told police that he and Prasit worked together at the condominium on the fateful day. He went to a bathroom, leaving Prasit to paint a road marking at the entrance.

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According to Somparn, Prasit was an esteemed friend and his colleagues were saddened by his loss. He stated that the circumstances surrounding Prasit’s passing were uncertain and no suspicious individuals were noticed at the location.

The rescue team pronounced Prasit dead at the scene due to the broken bones all over his body.

Officers from Mueang Pattaya Police Station checked the security camera at the entrance and found the suspect car, a green Ford Fiesta hatchback with a registration plate reading ญฉ 6261.

The footage reveals the green hatchback driving into the condominium and running over Prasit. The car did not stop to check. The driver continued forward and parked in the condominium parking lot.

The driver was identified as 62 year old Australian woman Michelle Ann Eddy. After being notified about the incident, Eddy said she was shocked. She did not know that she had run over someone.

The officer took her to the police station for further questioning. The charges against the woman have not been revealed in the media.

According to the Criminal Law of Thailand, Eddy could be charged under Section 291: driving recklessly, which causes the death of another person. This charge will result in imprisonment for up to 10 years, a fine of up to 200,000 baht, or both.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at

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