January 23, 2017

Giacomo Smedile

Police on Monday said a thick tree branch which fell and killed an Italian retiree on Jomtien Beach was most likely overlooked by city maintenance workers.

Mr Giacomo Smedile, 91, was hit in the head by a sharp tree branch as he walked on the beachside road Sunday evening with his wife, according to Apichai Klobpetch, chief of Pattaya Provincial Police Station.

He said Pattaya city workers routinely trim potentially dangerous tree branches along the roads of Pattaya and Jomtien beaches, but must have failed to notice the one that killed Mr Smedile.

“The branch was already dead, and it was windy, so it fell,” Col. Apichai said. “They [city workers] look out for these branches. They might not have seen this one, or they might have overlooked it.”

Police have ruled the death an accident but said city hall would deliberate on compensation for Smedile’s family, Apichai said.

He added that police would assist city workers by looking out for dangerous tree branches and other hazards “to protect the image of tourist safety in Pattaya.”

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Case Details

Source Khaosod English
Date of Death: January 23, 2017
Last Edited: 2 years ago
Age: 91 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Italian
Cause of Death: Accident
Province: Chon Buri
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