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'Reckless' driver slams into cyclists, kills one: Kanchanaburi

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'Reckless' Driver Slams Into Cyclists, Kills One
By Khaosod English

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BANGKOK: -- A cyclist has been killed and three others severely injured by a driver who reportedly raced with other cars on the highway in Kanchanaburi province.

The incident took place at a roadside in Tamaka district, where one cyclist was found dead at the scene, while three other cyclists laid on the ground with their injuries 200 metres away. The police also found a pick-up truck which has smashed into the wall of a nearby factory.

The truck driver was not present at the crime scene, police said.

The deceased was later identified as as Mr. Phonsak Sawaengwutthipan, 51, a resident of Pra Samut Chedi district, Samut Prakarn province. He is also a deputy president of a runner and cyclist club which regularly organises charity events, police said

Initial post-mortem investigation revealed Mr. Phonsak suffered broken neck, arms and legs. His body was also nearly torn apart by the impact of the car crash.

Prior to the incident, Mr. Phonsak and 1,000 other athletes have joined a triathlon ′mini marathon′ organised by Kasetsart University. The competitors were set to cycle, run, and walk from the university′s Kampangsaen Campus to Tamaka district before returning to the university, in a total distance of 57 kilometres.

Witnesses told police that as the convoy of athletes was cycling along the road, two pick-up trucks raced each other and approached the convoy. A 10-wheel truck suddenly appeared on the other lane, witnesses said, causing one of the pick-up truck to divert quickly, but the driver reportedly lost control and hit into the group of cyclists, before crashed into a factory.

The driver fled the scene amid the confusion, police said.

It is suspected that the truck driver works for a TV satellite company after police found satellite installation equipment inside the truck. The police vowed to locate and apprehend the suspect as soon as possible.

Source: http://www.khaosod.co.th/en/view_newsonline.php?newsid=TVRNNU1EZ3hPRGN5Tmc9PQ==

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-- Khaosod English 2014-01-27

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You have to be crazy to want to ride a bicycle on the roads in Thailand.

why, due to one isolated incident?

you enjoy the sofa and make sure you wear a helmet navigating the stairs.

Ill enjoy the 100k i ride a week thank you.

100K a week, when do you sleep??

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"The truck driver was not present at the scene, police said!"

Any posters here surprised??coffee1.gif

He was only changing his underwear, have patience, If he worked for a satellite company they should be able to locate him fast.

Amazing ---Fled the scene as you say, I wonder what % of INCIDENTS-not accidents do drivers f -off. you see in an accident normally no one flees the scene.

This % in Thailand is very high I would think. I know in the UK it is very rare. type of people--or type of law. ?????

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Like most, I hope they catch whoever caused this. I also agree that few roads are suitable for cycles in thailand and in a lot of the world where cycle lanes are insufficient, badly policed and poorly thought out. The well publicised cycle lane in Phra artit is usually occupied by motorcycles, pedestrians or tuk tuks.

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