A female driver allegedly sped past a police checkpoint and crashed her car into the nearby walls of a residential home as Saensuk police reportedly pursued her Monday night.
The driver reportedly died immediately following the accident. Saensuk police, however, deny the claim of pursuit, simply saying they responded to the accident after it took place.
Monday night, April 18th, security camera footage captured the moment when a car was driving at full speed before colliding with the walls of a nearby house, causing a burst of flames. Then, a police patrol car, which was likely pursuing the first vehicle, emerged into the footage and turned around to examine the accident. The driver was revealed later as a female and was pronounced dead at the scene, although her name and age were not given by Saensuk police.
The 65-year-old owner of the damaged house that the deceased driver crashed into, who is also a former police officer, Somboon Techama, told TPN media that the car collapsed his walls and partially damaged his spirit house. He said that he did not appraise the damage yet, but the mother of the deceased already contacted him to pay for it.
TPN reporters, later, called the Superintendent of the Saensuk Police Station Phatthana Rob-Ru to ask about the accident. He said that the officers on duty that night had set up a security checkpoint as usual before the woman arrived and sped past it. She also turned off her lights and cut to Mit Samphan Road where she eventually collided.
Saensuk police claimed that they did not chase her and caused her to crash because they were aware of the accident only after someone notified them. It was not made immediately clear why the deceased driver sped through a police checkpoint, which are common in Chonburi this time of year due to the Songkran, or Thai New Year, festival.