Pattaya motorbike taxi driver dies after being hit by car while trying to save dog

A female motorbike taxi driver has been killed after she was struck by a car while trying to save a stray dog on a Pattaya highway. The Pattaya News reports that the tragic incident occurred on Sukhumvit Road near the Chaiyapruek Intersection around 8pm on Sunday night.

It’s understood the woman, named as 21 year old Roongnapa Jaroensook was trying to help a dog off the highway when a car struck her motorbike. The vehicle was being driven by a 29 year old unnamed German national. Police arrived at the scene to find the body of Roongnapa and her heavily damaged bike nearby.

According to the Pattaya News, the driver of the car was not injured in the incident and was taken to Pattaya City Police Station for questioning. Meanwhile, officers are reviewing CCTV footage from the area and it’s not yet known if the German man will face any legal action. He is reported to have been cooperative when questioned by police.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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  1. Another example of the ultra nationalism that exists. What relevance has the fact that the nationality of the driver being German have? Did he demand an interpreter? Did he insist on Embassey representation? Was he driving on the right hand side of the road? No. Simply irrelevant but once again the need to identify, separate and classify Thai and non-Thai. Needs to stop.

  2. @Nigel – Your cries of “ultra” nationalism is ill directed.
    If the situation was reversed, and a German was hit by a car in Germany, the media would want to to know the identity of the alleged perpetrator, and if that person had a different nationality, they would report that.
    Put simply, it’s just a matter of basic news reporting.

  3. “@Nigel – Your cries of “ultra” nationalism is ill directed.”

    Not so much “ill directed” as absurd.

    What if “21 year old Roongnapa Jaroensook” had been a German, knocked down and killed by “a 29 year old unnamed Thai driver”?

    Would the nationalities have been “simply irrelevant” then too?

    Somehow, I doubt it but hypocrisy knows no limits here for some.

  4. Too many soi dogs in Thailand. At once in vast majority of the dogs, the probably had an irresponsible owner.

    These loose soi dogs probably responsible for hundreds of accidents causing injury or death.

    I live in Jomtien Beach and mainly ride a Forza 300 motorbike for transportation here.

    Twice within the last 12 months, I have hit 2 dogs who darted out on the roadway in front of me. One time, I hit the dog and fell off my motorbike (I always wear helmet, unlikea large percentage of Thais).
    Fortunately I only had abrasions and minor damage to the motorbike. The other time, I hit the soi dog but maintained control of the motorbike. Each time the soi dogs ran off yelping from injuries.

    Of the 12 countries I have visited, Thailand street dogs are more of a problem than any other country I have been in.

    People need to know that owning a dog, comes a HUGE responsibility… maintain permanent control and do not let loose or abandon when you grow tired of it. Also, if you cannot afford to treat a dog as a family member, and take care for its’ entire life. Do not ever own a dog.

  5. @Peter Harris and @Simon Small. Both totally untrue and you must be living in another Europe to me, certainly U.K. there are incidents involving foreigners in a regular basis in Europe and the media simply report that it was a male aged 29. To do otherwise is regarded as racist and the nationality has literally nothing to do with the story. Like I say, had he been driving on the wrong side of the road; as the do in Thailand compared to Germany, then there is a relevance to his nationality. Simply obsessed with anything “non-Thai”

  6. Never swerve or stop to try and save a stray dog, there are millions of others after all. You are not doing a good deed by feeding them either, they are a menace and the governments inability to address the problem is depressing, but then they don’t see it as a problem. Will always be third world here with these pests everywhere.

  7. @Nigel. You are right to call this issue out. Too often Thai media shows its obsession with identifying Thai and foreigners. People on these forums accept it and can’t see the inherent racism that takes place. I agree that unless the relevance of this man being German is reflected in what happened, that it is not necessary to mention his nationality. Why not mention he was 5 feet 10 and weighed 180lbs?, or that he had blonde hair? . It’s the same as saying “woman who crashed in to another car works in a go-go bar”. Totally irrelevant and sexist. People who support it and don’t call it out are no friends of the Thai people. Compliant fools help no one.

  8. What no one has said is how sad this is that a person trying to do a good deed was killed, and that the person who hit her is in all likelihood very distressed and has to live with it.

  9. @Simon Small – Simon, your shrill appeal to emotion, is just as bad as Nigel. Again, it’s basic news reporting of alleged perpetrators in any country… Age, sex and nationality.

  10. @Nigel – I’m sure the tabloid rags in Germany would report the man’s nationality, if he was non-german.
    I don’t agree with it, but I’m just stating that it’s normally the case in most countries, when reporting such incidents.

  11. Sad, yet the lesson to learn here – primarily for Thais – would be “do not go running around on multiple lane highways, not for a dog, cat or buffalo”.

    And will they learn it? No. “Up-to-mee, up-to-shee, mai pen rai.”

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