Edward Anthony Pisarz
A collision between a pickup and a scooter on Sukhumvit Rd in Chon Buri province ended deadly for the 76-year-old motorbike rider. He died in the crash after cutting in front of the pickup at a U-turn.
Notified of the accident at 00:10 early Thursday morning, Pol Lt Col Potwad Siriponnopakun and other police officers from Sattahip Provincial Police Station went to investigate the scene. They were supported by a 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 168-600, not far from the Navy House community,” Pol Lt Col Potwad specified the location.
“When we arrived at the scene, we first saw a wrecked black and white Yamaha Mio scooter lying at the side of the road with long scratch marks on the left side. The vehicle was completely demolished; parts of the motorbike were spread around the area.”
Several metres further, police found the body of an elderly white male lying on his back who had been driven the vehicle at the time of the accident. “We identified him by his driving license as Edward Anthony Pisarz, 76,” investigator Pol Lt Col Potwad said. “However, we still have to find out his nationality.”
After an online research, Farang Deaths discovered his name on instantcheckmate.com, a website that offers public records from local, state, and federal data sources in the United States. According to the site, Mr Pisarz was a US citizen and had moved from Reno, Nevada to Bangkok on June 4, 2015. The website also lists five minor offences Mr Pisarz committed between 1994 and 1996 which were all traffic-related.
“About 50 metres down the road, there was a silver Toyota Revo pickup parked in the right lane of the road,” Pol Lt Col Potwad went on describing the crash site. Police said the front of the car, bearing number plate สมอ 41865 Sattahip, was demolished. The 24-year-old driver of the car, Sunton Siti, was waiting beside his pickup until police arrived on the scene.
When investigators asked Mr Sunton to reconstruct the events, he said that he was driving his four-door car on Sukhumvit Rd from Bang Sa-Re subdistrict to Sattahip before the accident occurred. While he was making a U-turn, a scooter, ridden by Mr Pisarz, overtook the car and then cut in front of him, Pol Lt Col Potwad explained. “He told us that Mr Pisarz was driving so fast that he was not able to stop in time which eventually led to the collision of both vehicles.”
According to Pol Lt Col Potwad, police asked Mr Sunton to come to Sattahip Provincial Police Station to confirm the circumstances of the accident officially. Meanwhile, officers are gathering more information and have requested CCTV footage in the area to determine who was at fault and bring up charges for reckless driving causing death if necessary.
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