74-year-old man seriously injured after being hit by a motorbike while crossing the road under a pedestrian bridge in Chonburi

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News

Chonburi –

A 74-year-old man was seriously injured after being hit by a motorbike while crossing a road under a pedestrian bridge in the Mueang Chonburi district earlier this week.

Emergency responders were notified of the accident on a road in the Nong Ree sub-district. They arrived at the scene to find a male pedestrian who was later identified as Mr. Boonsorn Boonmak, 74. He had sustained severe injuries.

Nearby, first responders found the male motorbike driver and a female passenger, who were not identified by emergency teams. They also sustained various injuries. All of them were rushed to a local hospital.

A witness, Mr. Jaroen Poonlkan, 48, a taxi motorbike driver, told the associated Thai press, “The man who was hit by a motorbike was unable to use the pedestrian bridge and climb the stairs due to his age and disabilities. There is no crosswalk nearby. The road is wide and the motorbike was driving at high speed.”

Chonburi Police are continuing an investigation for further potential legal action. This accident happens as the nation as been engaged in serious discussions around pedestrian safety following the death of a young doctor at a Bangkok crosswalk last weekend who was struck by a police officer speeding on a motorbike.

The accident also shows why, notes TPN media, a pedestrian bridge isn’t the answer for everyone without accessible handicap elevators or other options.

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.