Edward Anthony Pisarz
A collision between a pickup and a scooter on Sukhumvit Rd in Chon Buri Province was fatal for a 76-year-old rider who died after trying to cut in front of a pickup at a U-turn.
Pol Lt Col Potwad Siriponnopakun and other police officers from Sattahip Provincial Police Station were notified of the accident at 00:10 on Thursday morning. They went to investigate the scene with a supporting team of volunteers from the Sawang Rotjanatam Foundation.
According to Pol Lt Col Potwad, who is leading the investigation, the accident took place on Sukhumvit Rd in the subdistrict and district of Sattahip in Chon Buri province. “It happened at a U-turn near kilometre post 168-600, not far from the Navy House community,” stated Pol Lt Col Potwad.
“When we arrived at the scene, we found a black and white Yamaha Mio scooter totalled on the side of the road with long scratch marks on its left side and parts of the motorbike spread right across the road.”
Several metres further on, police found the body of an elderly caucasian male lying on his back. “He was later identified by police as Edward Anthony Pisarz, a 76-year-old male,” revealed investigator Pol Lt Col Potwad. Shortly after the accident, police were trying to establish the deceased’s nationality.”
Using an online database, Farang Deaths found the driver’s name on instantcheckmate.com, an American website which offers public records from local, state and federal sources. Mr Pisarz was revealed to be a US citizen who had moved from Reno, Nevada to Bangkok on June 4, 2015. The website listed five contraventions committed by Mr Pisarz between 1994 and 1996. Ironically, all five were traffic-related.
“About 50 metres down the road, there was a silver Toyota Revo pickup parked in the right hand lane of the road,” said Pol Lt Col Potwad providing more detail about the crash site. He describes the front of the car, bearing number plate สมอ 41865 Sattahip, as “demolished”. Luckily, the 24-year-old driver of the vehicle, Sunton Siti, survived and was waiting beside his pickup for police to arrive and question him about the circumstances of the fatal accident.
When investigators asked Mr Sunton to reconstruct the events, he said that he was driving his four-door vehicle on Sukhumvit Rd from the Bang Sa-Re subdistrict to Sattahip when the accident occurred. While he was making a U-turn, a scooter, ridden by Mr Pisarz, suddenly tried to overtake his vehicle, cutting in front of him. Relying on a statement by this witness, Pol Lt Col Potwad said, “He told us that the driver of the other vehicle had been driving so fast that he was not able to stop in time and ended up colliding with his SUV at high speed.”
Following the accident, police asked Mr Sunton to go to Sattahip Provincial Police Station to make a formal statement. Meanwhile, officers continue to seek more witnesses and gather more information. They have requested CCTV footage in the accident area to help them determine whether one or both drivers were at fault.
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