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Elderly cyclist dies, driver charged after out-of-control SUV crashes in Phasi Charoen

Aug 13. 2018
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By Jessada Chantharak
The Nation

A brand-new Toyota Fortuner SUV lost control on Kanchanapisek Road in Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district on Monday morning, crashing into and instantly killing an elderly cyclist while also damaging seven roadside power poles.

Following the accident, which was reported at 7.30am, Pol Captain Supon Tronganthat of the local precinct rushed to the crash scene, close to the Siam Dern Rod Co garage, along with rescue workers. 

They found the Fortuner on the roadside, having crashed into a roadside stall near to seven badly damaged power poles. 

Nearby was a wrecked bicycle and the body of Wanchai Sodsathungkhan, 67. 

The three people on-board the SUV – identified as Jarukit Sutthiwongwanich, Weerawuth Sinkra-art and Sarayuth Sae-eung, all 25 – had been injured and were rushed to Kasemrat Bangkhae Hospital.

The accident also caused a severe traffic jam in the area as the damaged power poles had blocked the road, leaving only one far-right lane available for vehicles. 

As the vicinity had also suffered a blackout, Metropolitan Electricity Authority workers were dispatched to clear away the damaged poles and put up new ones to restore the electricity supply. 

Police later identified Jarukit as the SUV driver and initially charged him with reckless driving causing another person’s death and reckless driving causing the state property damage, Supon said.

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