A Frenchman was killed on a zebra crossing in the southern province of Phang Nga after being hit by a sedan driven by a Thai sailor. The suspect driving the vehicle denies hitting and killing the Frenchman despite a security camera clearly showing otherwise.
Officers from Khao Lak Police Station were notified of the accident outside a convenience store in Khuk Khak sub-district, Ta Kua Pa district, Phang Nga province on Saturday night.
Officers arrived at the scene and found a damaged black sedan parked on the road. Twenty meters from the car lay the injured body of a 53-year-old Frenchman, Jean-Yves Bornarel. He died later on the way to the hospital.
The driver of the car is said to be a 46-year-old sailor, Panlert (surname reserved). He waited for officers at the scene and tested negative for alcohol.
A restaurant owner, Thanika Jitwimart, witnessed the incident. She revealed that she saw two foreigners and a Thai woman about to cross the road around 8:20 p.m. Thanika said she looked away from the group for a while and then it all happened so fast. She heard a loud collision noise and discovered that a stranger had been hit by a car.
Thanika said the stranger was hit hard as the car was traveling at very high speed. She said the driver struck the man directly and did not try to reduce his speed as he approached the crossing.
Khao Lak Police Station Director Jirawat Sararom told the media that the driver was charged with reckless driving causing death. Jirawat said the suspect refused to answer questions and insisted he did not hit the victim, despite CCTV recording the incident.
According to Thai law, section 291, Negligence, whoever does the act negligently and that act causes the death of the other person, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding 20,000 baht.
Police added that the French Embassy in Thailand would contact the victim’s family and hand over his body to his family.
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