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Grab driver commits suicide in Bangkok

Jul 09. 2019
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By The Nation

A Grab driver committed suicide by lighting a stove inside his car that was found parked in a private carpark in Bangkok’s Yannawa district on Monday evening.

The Bang Phongphang police station was alerted at 5pm Monday that a man had been found dead inside his vehicle in a car park on Soi Sathupradit 34.

Police and rescuers from the Poh Teck Tung Foundation and a doctor from Chulalongkorn Hospital rushed to the scene and found Sutthipong Poolperm, 37, in the driver’s seat of a white Toyota Altis.

A stove with ash from burned charcoal was in the footwell in front of the left back seat.

The doctor said the man appeared to have been dead for one or two days.

His mother, Lek Poolperm, 58, said Sutthipong normally left his vehicle in the carpark and crossed the road to his house. When he did not return home Sunday night, she asked her youngest daughter to walk to the car park to check. 

Lek said her son had been troubled by various ailments and was recently involved in a car accident. He rarely drove for Grab but rested most of the time.

The body was sent for autopsy to Chulalongkorn Hospital.

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