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Elderly British man killed, monk injured, in Isaan collision

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A 70 year old British expat has died, and a monk has been seriously injured, after the motorbike and sidecar they were travelling on was hit from behind by a pick-up truck. The collision happened in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, and is the second such accident over the weekend.

A report in The Chiang Rai Times says the woman driving the pick-up truck told police she was driving from Surin province to Nakhon Ratchasima, in order to pick up her sister, when she hit the sidecar from behind. The 70 year old driver, named only as David, died in the collision, while a 59 year old monk, Phra Wasant Boonkham, who was travelling in the sidecar, ended up with 2 broken legs. It’s understood the monk is the dead man’s brother-in-law, with David’s wife saying her husband was taking him to Wat Suntarikaram temple.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, another man has died after an incident involving a motorbike, also in Nakhon Ratchasima province. 72 year old Sompong Khomeeklang was crossing the road in the Phimai district when he was hit by a motorbike. He sustained a broken neck and died at the scene.

Witnesses report the bike was being driven at high speed, with the male driver and female pillion passenger injured in the collision. They have been admitted to Phimai Hospital for medical treatment and their identities are not yet known.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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    Hiker

    Monday, July 27, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Dear P.M., please ban the motorbikes! They are much deadly than COVID, and I’m soooo scared!

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    james

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    God rest their souls.

    I suppose it was reported in the news as it involved a falang and a monk.

    But there will also be 66 other people killed on the roads today according to the national statists.

    Driving tests need to be much harder than the current test which a ten-year-old kid could pass.

    The wearing of helmets should really be enforced for anyone on a motorbike or sidecar.

    When I drive here in Phuket I see 75% of people do not bother with a head-protection on motorcycles.

    But there is a further problem as you often see up to ten people sitting in the back of pickup trucks!

    In comparison in the UK there are approx 1700 road deaths per year, passing a driving test there is hard and hardly anyone passes the first time.

    I know we have a lot fewer motorcycles in the UK but the driving test here is far too easy.

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A 10 year old girl is in a coma and in critical condition after a piece of a wooden skyrocket struck the girl in the head. The firework was launched during a cremation ceremony at a temple in the Pak Thong Chai district of the Isaan province Nakhon Ratchasima. The girl was waiting to be picked up at the nearby Ardwitthaya School when part of the wooden firework hit her head.

Natcha “Nong Milk’’ Sawasdee hit the ground, bleeding profusely. She was rushed to the local hospital and then transferred to the intensive care unit at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital. The wood penetrated her skull about 10 centimetres deep, a recent scan shows.

Other students were hit by pieces of the exploded wooden skyrocket, but their injuries were minor.

The men who launched the skyrocket are facing charges for recklessness causing serious injury. They say they launched rockets at the cremation ceremony, but aimed toward rice paddy fields where there were no people. Due to the wind, pieces of the exploded rocket flew back into town, they say.

Wat Na Phrathat often lights fireworks during cremation ceremonies, residents say. But this time they used a different firework made from wood and PVC.

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A senior Thai official in the north-eastern province of Mukdahan has been arrested, along with his assistant, on bribery charges. The provincial chief of the natural resources and environment office, Suradet Akkarach, and Ms Pan Saengviroon, are accused of receiving 2 million baht for facilitating the return of confiscated Siamese Rosewood timber to a merchant from Laos.

The timber, housed in 11 containers and valued at around 600 million baht, was impounded by the authorities in Mukdahan in 2006, on suspicion it had been illegally obtained. The case was heard in the provincial court, then the Appeals court, and then the Supreme court, which acquitted the defendants and ruled that the timber should be returned to its owner, EL Enterprise.

The arrests of 58 year old Suradet and Pan came about after a Laotian timber merchant filed a police report on February 24, accusing Suradet of offering to return the timber for a payment of 2 million baht.

The police subsequently set up a sting operation for when the merchant, named as Kamsavai Pommachan, arranged to meet Suradet and Pan to hand over the money. As soon as Pan took delivery of the cash, both suspects were arrested. According to a Thai PBS World report, Suradet insists he was not involved in the bribery, but Pan has confessed to the charges.

Panya Pinsuk from the Central Investigation Bureau, and Chivaparb Chivatham from the Royal Forestry Department, gave a press conference yesterday, in which they confirmed the arrests of both suspects and the seizure of 2 million baht in 1,000 baht notes, as well as 4 smartphones.

According to Chatupat Burupat from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Suradet is an ex-employee of the Royal Forestry Department and would have known how to go about returning the confiscated timber.

Following the arrests, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Varavut Silpa-archa, says he has ordered Suradet to be transferred to an inactive post while a committee investigates the case against him. The minister acknowledges that there is proof of bribery, but says an investigation is still required to ensure fairness. He says he expects the committee to report back within 15 days.

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A northeastern Thai man has allegedly confessed to killing his wife by cutting her throat and then dumping her body into a public pond. The man allegedly told a relative what he did, who says she initially didn’t believe him. So she and her other relatives went to check it out, finding the woman’s body partially covered by a sack in the pond.

The family called the police in tambon Lak Muang in Kalasin province at around 9:30pm last night. An officer says they found the body of 29 year old New Kamalasai dressed in a pha thung, or wraparound skirt, and a red blouse. They say she had 13 knife wounds to her throat and some other head wounds. Police say her upper body was in a fertiliser sack tied with an electrical wire. Her hands were also tied with wire.

Investigators say Montri’s aunt told them the couple had a fight the night before and no one saw her around the village the next day. The auntie also said the couple often fought as Montri was an illegal drug user but she was shocked that he killed her. When police came to apprehend Montri, he was waiting at his home. Police say they found dried blood and a blood-covered machete in their bedroom. Montri was taken into custody and is awaiting charges.

At least 25 people may face charges related to the death of a Thai model known as a “pretty.” Wichayaporn “Wawa” Wisetsombat died last month after working as a hostess at a private house party in Bangkok. Medical examiners say the 33 year old had methamphetamine, ketamine, ecstasy and diazepam in her system.

Wawa died at a hospital after working at party at a luxury home in Bangkok’s Chatuchak area. She had been hired to serve drinks. In a previous report by the Bangkok Post, doctors said she died from respiratory and blood system failure.

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