A thirty-eight-year-old driver who was a rescue worker volunteer has been pronounced dead at the scene after he crashed his personal sedan into a tree in Mueang Chonburi.
The Mueang Chonburi Police were notified of the accident yesterday (July 28th) on Sukhumvit Road in Nong Maidang.
The police, along with first responders, arrived at the scene to find the damaged sedan off the road on a footpath. A significant distance away from the damaged sedan first responders found the body of Mr. Chockarnon Jamsritaweesap, 38, who was a businessman and a rescue worker volunteer in his spare time.
His girlfriend, whose name was not given to the press, told Mueang Chonburi police that Mr. Chockarnon was heading home and was less than a kilometer away when the fatal accident took place.
A friend of the victim, Mr. Patawee Chonchaiya, 28, told police, “I was driving behind him. I saw he tried to avoid a collision with a motorbike driving the opposite direction, but lost control, crashing into a tree.”
Mr. Kraiwit Koopitak, 22, the motorbike driver described by Patawee, told Mueang Chonburi police, “I was driving my motorbike and there were two cars racing just before the accident. (Not the victim and his friend) I had just avoided them but this, unfortunately, caused the victim to try to avoid hitting me, sending him into a tree.”
Mueang Chonburi police have not decided as of press time if any charges will be filed against Kraiwit and are investigating the report of two other vehicles racing just prior to the accident. Mr. Chockarnon’s body was taken to a local temple for the final funeral and religious rites.