Thai woman killed in Chon Buri motorbike accident involving British driver
In Chon Buri, a Thai woman tragically lost her life after the motorbike she was riding on was allegedly rear-ended by a British driver. The collision led to her being projected onto the road and ultimately hit by another vehicle. Pornwalai Boonpok, a 37 year old golf caddy, was riding as a passenger on her friend Arunwan Wannawong’s motorbike when the two were reportedly struck from behind by a white MG sedan.
Both women were thrown from the motorbike following the impact, and Pornwalai was fatally hit by a passing pickup truck. She succumbed to severe head injuries at the scene of the accident on Sukhumvit Road inbound to Pattaya, in the Na Jomtien sub-district of the Sattahip district, Chon Buri.
The unfortunate incident was reported to the Na Jomtien Police at 8.30pm on April 1. The victim’s friend, 39 year old Arunwan Wannawong, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and she was promptly taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The authorities in Chon Buri identified the sedan driver who rear-ended the motorbike as 64 year old Christopher of British nationality. They also revealed the identity of the pickup driver who struck the deceased woman as 38 year old Sommai Klinpirom of Thai nationality.
Sommai claimed that her negligent actions of Christopher led to the collision, causing the victims to fall into his lane. Unable to stop in time, he crashed into Pornwalai, resulting in her death. The British driver’s version of events has not yet been made available.
Police are currently investigating the incident, and it remains to be seen whether any charges will be laid against either driver. The tragic death of Pornwalai reiterates the importance of road safety and the potential consequences of inattentive driving.
This heartbreaking accident in Chon Buri underlines the necessity for all road users to maintain a heightened awareness of their surroundings and exercise care when driving, to reduce the risk of accidents and save lives.
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