A Russian tourist lost his life on Pattaya’s Beach Rd after he was fatally hit by a car driven by another Russian.
“I didn’t see him,” Nikolajs Latvigas, 35, said shortly after the crash to officers from Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station. Minutes before, his car, a white Chevrolet Cruze, had hit a man in his late 20’s who was walking on Beach Rd.
In fact, the impact of the collision was so heavy that the tourist, a 41-year-old Russian named as Denis Filipov, was thrown several metres across the road. The body ended up under the front wheel of a parked bus at the side of the road belonging to Kaset Bundit University. Sawang Boriboon rescue workers, who arrived quickly at the scene, came too late – Mr Filipov was already dead.
The fatal crash occurred at 02:30 early Friday morning on Beach Rd in Pattaya close to the Now Hotel in Chon Buri’s Nong Prue subdistrict.
Ratasaet Saewee witnessed the accident from a nearby restaurant. The 29-year-old Thai told police that he had seen Mr Filipov walking down the street and making a video call, but thought nothing of it. Only moments later, the white Chevrolet crashed into Mr Filipov from behind.
In a video uploaded to YouTube showing the aftermath of the accident, an open can of beer is seen in Mr Latvigas’ car. Police said they also found a bottle of spirits without providing further details. Mr Latviga was given an alcohol breath test, but police are have not yet revealed the result.
Officers at Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station are now trying to establish the identity of the man so that the Russian Embassy can be informed of the deadly accident.
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