A Russian tourist was fatally hit by a scooter when he attempted to cross a busy intersection on foot to return to his hotel in Chon Buri’s Na Chom Thian subdistrict.
At 06:48 early Thursday morning, an emergency call reached Na Chom Thian Provincial Police Station. “We were told that there was a road accident, a foreigner was hit by a motorbike while he was crossing the street,” Pol Capt Pakpon Taninyantorn confirmed the accident later that day.
Pol Capt Pakpon, who serves as deputy investigator, notified Sawang Ratjon Sattahip rescue workers who then rushed to the scene of the accident. Avoiding naming any hotel names, Pol Capt Pakpon said “it happened at the intersection in front of a hotel.” The hotel turned out to be Ambassador City Jomtien on Sukhumvit Rd or Highway 3 in the subdistrict of Na Chom Thian.
Arriving at the intersection, rescuers tried to resuscitate a man who was lying face down in the middle of the road. However, they soon gave up after their attempts failed to bring the foreigner back to life. Police would later identify him as Sergei Paialnikov, a 51-year-old retiree from Russia who had been living in the Ambassador hotel.
At the inner side of the road, about 50 metres from where Mr Paialnikov’s body was found, rescuers saw a white Honda Wave, registered as กขข393 Chon Buri, with two women laying injured nearby. Rescuers treated the women, Rampueng Tepwarin, 39, and Sudarat Sawaengsuk, and rushed them to a nearby hospital.
Pol Capt Pakpon interviewed witnesses who had seen the crash unfold. “Mr Paialnikov reportedly attempted to cross the street when he was hit by the Honda Wave which was coming from the side at high speed. The scooter fell together with the two women and skidded some 50 metres over the asphalt.”
The accounts the eyewitnesses had given turned out to be true as police gained access to a surveillance camera at the intersection which recorded the scene. “We see Mr Paialnikov jogging over the road, not paying attention to the traffic that was coming from his left,” Pol Capt Pakpon analysed the video.
In an initial investigation report, Pol Capt Pakpon wrote that he had contacted the staff of the Ambassador City Jomtien hotel who provided him with a document of his passport and additional details. According to the paper, Mr Paialnikov had been living alone in room no. 6508 of the hotel.
The report concluded that Mr Paialnikov was fatally hit after he had left a 7-Eleven store and attempted to return to his hotel on the other side of the road. Whereas the two women survived with serious injuries, Mr Paialnikov died on the scene due to fractures of his limbs and skull.
Pol Capt Pakpon the investigation is still ongoing, and he would seek more accounts from eyewitnesses and additional CCTV footage before deciding who was at fault in this tragic accident.
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