A man from Scottland died in an early-morning road accident in Chon Buri province on Friday. The 32-year-old had crashed his scooter into a lamppost at high speed and passed away on the scene.
A man who had witnessed the accident notified the police at around 05:00, deputy inspector Pol Capt Udom Sarimas of Na Jomtien Provincial Police confirmed. “He told us that he had seen a scooter crashing into a lamppost and then falling into a grassy ditch,” Pol Capt Udom said. The accident took place on Sukhumvit Rd in Na Jomtien subdistrict of Chon Buri province, close to the Elephant Camp Pattaya.
The victim, identified by police as Steven Kerr, 32, from Montrose in Scotland, was lying face down in a ditch next to the road when authorities arrived at the scene. He was wearing a black helmet and a black rain jacket, police said. A brief medical examination of the body showed that Mr Kerr had sustained a broken neck which was assumed to have led to his death.
20 metres further, police found a scooter belonging to Mr Kerr, a grey Yamaha NMAX with the license plate ก-496 สภอ. บ้านฉาง. The front of the vehicle was demolished and indicated a head-on collision with an object.
Police questioned Chinagon Muangorn, a bus driver and the only eyewitness of the accident who had later notified the police. “Mr Chinagon said he had just been on the way to Pattaya to pick up passengers when he saw Mr Kerr’s scooter heading into the same direction and suddenly crashing into a lamppost at high speed,” Pol Capt Udom said. “He then stopped his vehicle and called us.”
Investigators have taken photographs of the scene and are going to question Mr Chinagon once more at the police station formally. Rescue volunteers brought the body of Mr Kerr to the hospital where further medical examinations are going to be conducted.
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