A 78-year-old British pensioner and his 27-year-old boyfriend are killed in a horrific car accident in Thailand
- Two men, 78 and 27, were both killed in a vehicle collision in Thailand on Tuesday
- CCTV footage has revealed the horrific accident that killed the Briton and his partner
- A collision from behind pushed them into the path of an oncoming van
A British pensioner and his partner have both been killed in a horrific car crash under police investigation in Thailand.
The Briton was traveling in a white Toyota Yaris with his young lover Tawid Kanadee, 27, when the accident happened on Tuesday afternoon.
CCTV footage shows how the Tawid driver slowed down to turn right onto a side road before being turned away from behind by a silver Honda CRV. The collision pushed them directly into the path of an oncoming black Isuzu pickup truck.
The vehicle slammed into the small Toyota and the British victim – who was sitting in the left front passenger seat which suffered the brunt of the impact – had to be extricated from the wreckage shortly after the crash at around 4.30pm local time . He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Briton, 78, was traveling in a white Toyota Yaris with his young lover, 27, when the accident happened on Tuesday afternoon December 12. Pictured: Scenes after the horrific collision
Paramedics transported Tawid to hospital where he died of injuries sustained in the accident.
Paramedics said the wreckage of the toy car needed to be cut open by rescuers to reach the British victim.
Officers investigating the death discovered that a silver Honda CRV driven by school principal Dr Kanittha Tonglert, 57, had rammed into the back of the couple’s car when it slowed down to turn into a a secondary road.
The oncoming black Isuzu didn’t seem to have time to react as the car was pushed into its path. The other drivers involved in the accident were not seriously injured.
CCTV footage shows how the young male partner slowed down to turn right into a side road before being hijacked from behind by a silver Honda CRV. The collision pushed the tugs directly into the path of an oncoming black Isuzu pickup truck
Police Lt. Col. Ronnapong Chorsai of Sawang Wirawong Police Station said, “The investigator is collecting evidence to file charges against those involved who drove recklessly and caused the collisions and death.”
The fatal collision came just a week after an accident at the same location involving a truck and a school bus in which one person was killed and another injured.
Thailand has one of the worst road safety records in the world. Ministers have set themselves the target of reducing the number of deaths from 32.7 deaths per 100,000 population to 12 per 100,000 population by 2027.
However, the lack of road safety education in schools, cheap loans for cars, notoriously easy driving tests, the inability of the police to enforce traffic laws as well as endemic corruption and chronic underinvestment in infrastructure is hampering efforts.