Rayong province —
A 70-year-old allegedly drunk British man killed one Thai man and seriously injured another in a multi-car crash in Rayong province.
A team of rescue services and Rayong police hurried to a fatal road accident on Suan Son-Ban Phe Road in the Mueang district of Rayong province Monday, September 5th.
At the accident scene, a silver pickup truck was discovered lying on the passenger’s side. The driver, a British man, was found inside and appeared to be heavily intoxicated, Pol. Capt. Nattawat Ngobudda from the Pae police station said. He was later identified as Stephen P, 70.
Found nearby were two Thai pedestrians named Niran Pramuan, 53, and Sakchai (last name not given), 32. The two were reportedly hit by Stephen and sustained serious injuries. Niran died on the spot and was transferred to Rayong Hospital along with another surviving victim. The foreign driver also damaged 2 bikes and 2 cars.
According to witnesses, the two victims were standing behind Stephen’s truck, which was parked beside the beach when Stephen suddenly reversed his car and slammed into the two, flinging them into a lamppost. He then lunged forward and crashed into stationary bikes and cars before overturning.
As of press time, the suspect was being held by Rayong police for an alcohol test and legal proceedings. Local residents complained that the suspect was well known locally and allegedly always drunk and drove in the wrong lane.
Today (September 5th) also marks the first day of implementation of the amended Land Traffic Act, in which fines and penalties for drunk driving are much more severe.
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