One dead, one injured in tragic car accident while returning from a charity event in Chonburi

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen

Chonburi –

One person is dead and another has sustained serious injuries after a car crashed into their motorbike in the Mueang Chonburi District. The pair were returning from getting free food at a charity event in the area.

The Samet Police was notified of the accident on Sukhumvit Road in Mueang Chonburi earlier this week.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the body of Mr. Somkit Panlawong, 67, lying on Sukhumvit Road.

Nearby, the first response teams found Mrs. Jampee Pueakpong, 59, who had sustained serious injuries and was bleeding heavily from her wounds.

A damaged orange car and motorbike were found at the scene with two boxes of meals scattered across the road.

The nephew of Jampee, Mr. Apichart Putookngern, 24, told Mueang Chonburi police, “We were coming back from getting free meals at a charity event as we don’t have a lot of money now due to Covid-19. I was driving another motorbike in front of them.”

“They were hit by a car at a U-turn when we were crossing the road,” Apichart added.

The driver of the orange car involved in the collision, Mr. Weerachon Jantana, 46, told Mueang Chonburi police, “Two motorbikes were driving in the opposite lane. One of the motorbikes immediately veered in front of me. I was unable to avoid the collision.”

Mueang Chonburi police are checking CCTV footage nearby to find the exact cause of the accident to determine who was responsible for the wreck and if legal charges will take place.

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen

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