A 64-year-old British man died of his injuries after his car hit a tree near the entrance of soi Wat Tuan Tong. He was unconscious but still breathing after the crash, but later died at the hospital. A witness said the British man had been speeding in the unlit road when he drove into the tree.
A speeding Toyota sedan struck a motorbike near the overpass to Bali Hai pier, killing a 32-year-old tourist passenger and injuring the bike’s driver-for-hire. The car also bowled over a row of parked motorcycles. The car’s four occupants got out and fled the scene by hopping on motorbikes.
A 35-year-old British tourist shot 10 times at a paper target in a Ko Samui shooting range. For his next shot, he put the .38 caliber gun under his chin and pulled the trigger. The shocked employee nearby had no time to react. Police have not found a motive for the suicide.
A 19-year-old Korean tourist who dropped his wallet in a Tesco restroom was lucky it was found by an honorable Thai marine who gave it to police. After rewarding the Thai soldier, the grateful Korean said he will tell his countrymen that Thailand has people with good hearts.
A toddler less than 2 years old was sitting in the front of his uncle’s motorbike, but accidentally twisted the handlebar accelerator. The motorbike surged forward as the man’s startled wife yanked the child off. The motorbike collided with a speeding truck and killed the uncle.
A drunk construction worker lit the fuse to a big firecracker he was holding in his left hand. But he held on to it to tease his friend and scare him. But before he could toss the firecracker, it detonated and almost blew off four fingers.
A 30-year-old Japanese tourist visiting Surat Thani apparently committed a ritualistic hara-kiri suicide by stabbing himself in the stomach in his hotel room. Police believe he had been pickpocketed, and speculated that the disturbed foreigner decide to die by the traditional way of the Samurai.
A 46-year-old Japanese businessman died instantly when the Toyota Camry he was riding in rear-ended a garbage truck on a motorway. His 50-year-old Thai driver was seriously injured. The Japanese man was the managing director of a Pathumthani company.
A 56-year-old British man apparently overcome by financial worries jumped off an 8th floor condominium in Bangkok. He had no job in Thailand and was living off an inheritance. However, problems with inheritance taxes had apparently left him broke.
An exhausted driver fell asleep at the wheel of a commuter van that crashed into the rear of a pickup truck minibus in Sriracha. The collision killed one person and injured nine others. The driver admitted to overworking and not sleeping enough to pay his bills.
The monsoon season apparently is ending with a bang and not a whimper, as recent heavy rains briefly flooded Pattaya’s low-lying areas. Stretches of main streets were inundated with water, causing traffic jams. Floodwater also seeped into homes and businesses.
A 57-year-old British pilot was killed and his passenger seriously injured when his Microlight aircraft engine died and they plunged into the sea near the Bali Hai pier. His passenger, a 31-year-old Scot, was scattering a friend’s cremated ashes over the ocean off Pattaya Beach.
More than 1,200 first-grade children in Pattaya will soon be receiving tablet computers. The national educational policy has set a goal of “one tablet per child” in Thailand’s schools. A total of 1,282 tablets were presented to 10 Pattaya elementary schools at a City Hall ceremony.
Two recent fires resulting from short circuits of power lines at a Sukhumvit Road intersection have worried central Pattaya residents, who say the neglected mass of power lines is an ongoing hazard. City workers have done some repairs, but the residents said more needs to be done because the area is close to a school.
A 10-year-old girl held her little brother’s hand, and carrying only 100 baht cash, they left their home on Koh Larn island to find their mom, who had gone away to find work. They rode the ferry to land, but soon ran out of money. So they rested at a wayside shelter until a kind lady called the police.
A 27-year-old Russian man got broken-hearted by a beautiful Thai girl in Phuket. So he drank too much alcohol, and then got a heart attack and died, police suspect.
Three fishermen were poisoned by chemical pollutants after diving for fish and shellfish off the Map Ta Phut Industrial port near Rayong. Their skins and hair began turning white and they lost weight and energy. Doctors are unable to pinpoint the toxic substance that damaged their bodies.
Two people were killed and five injured in Sri Racha after a speeding 18 wheeled trailer slammed into the back of a pickup truck making a U-turn, and then collided with a commuter van. The aftermath triggered a kilometers-long traffic jam.
A 49-year-old Nepalese man working at the Plutaluang animal shelter was found dead in his bed. He reportedly drank daily to numb himself when the weather turned colder. Toxic doses of alcohol had possibly overtaxed his body and triggered a heart attack, police speculated.
An employee of the deputy chairman of Sattahip municipal council stole his boss’s car to go out drinking at night. But on the way back, he hit a sign pole and the car veered into a canal. He later told police he had swerved to avoid a bicyclist who cut in front of him.