Goh Chee Meng
A 47-year-old Singaporean man died when he jumped from a pedestrian bridge and was then hit by a car in Chum Phae district on Tuesday morning.
The man, named in Thai media as Mr Goh Chee Meng, plunged from the bridge on Maliwan Road in front of Khok Sung School in tambon Khuariang about 09:30, said Pol Capt Withoon Phapolngam, a duty officer at Chum Phae police station.
Police said a white Toyota car with damage to the front was parked on the road when they arrived. A passport, an air ticket and some personal items were found on the man’s body.
Charas Lertpaijit, 56, driver of the car, who was awaiting at the scene, told police he and his family were travelling from Phetchabun to Khon Kaen. He saw a man suddenly leap from the pedestrian bridge and fall to the road in front of his car. He was unable to avoid hitting the man.
Mr Charas said he immediately called the police.
Pol Lt Col Saksith Thanakitpairoj, an investigation inspector of tourist police, said the Singaporean tourist had travelled to Chum Phae on Monday to meet his Thai girlfriend, who was a resident of tambon Khuariang.
The pair had become involved in a heated argument and the woman drove off alone in her car towards Bangkok, leaving the man behind, Pol Lt Col Saksith said.
Police thought it likely the man had been upset at his failure to repair his relationship with the woman and this may have led him to take his own life.
Investigators would summons the woman and other witnesses for questioning and would notify the Singaporean embassy about the man’s death.
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