Pattaya, the 13th of June 2010 [PDN]: At approximately 12:00pm on Sunday, Major Kriangkraiwut Buakla (Pattaya Police Investigator) was notified of a fatal car accident on the Sukhumvit Road in Central Pattaya. A team of officers along with the Sawang Boriboon Foundation were dispatched to the incident to investigate.
At the scene, officers discovered a black Toyota Wish family car, the vehicle had suffered a head-on collision with an unknown man who had been killed in the accident and was still trapped underneath the vehicle. Several other vehicles had stopped at the scene, having also been involved in the accident whilst a large gathering of local residents and passing motorists had gathered at the scene to observe the situation.
The deceased, known as Mr. Chuan from Cambodia, was a gardener at the Nongnuch Tropical Botanical Gardens in Pattaya. He had been laying new grass turf along the central traffic island/drainage ditch at the time of the accident. Medical examiners determined that Mr. Chuan had most likely died on impact with the vehicle as he had suffered a severally fractured skull along with broken arms and legs. His body has now been taken to the forensic science institute were a post-mortem examination will be performed.
Mr. Somjai Ngernjaturan , the driver of the involved vehicle, was observed by police to be in an intoxicated state and as such was immediately arrested and taken to the Pattaya Police Station for interrogation. He is expected to be charged with negligent driving occasioning death and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
A witness and driver of one of the involved vehicles parked at the scene, Mr. Soron Wongsakun , stated that Mr. Ngernjaturan had been driving erratically along the Sukhumvit Road when he swerved across into the right-hand lane and crashed into the drainage ditch killing Mr. Chuan. Mr. Wongsakun explained that he had managed to avoid a similar fate by braking heavily as Mr. Ngernjaturan cut in front of his car, he revealed that he had hit Mr. Ngernjaturan’s car slightly as the vehicle cut across the road.
Once all evidence was collected and the involved Toyota Wish sent to the police impound for examination, officer requested that all involved drivers proceed to the Pattaya Police Station to file incident reports and deal with any requests for compensation.