A teenager was injured after apparently falling from a Sukhumvit Road pedestrian crossing.
Chockhai Leechaikul, 17, suffered a broken hip and skull in the 9:30 p.m. accident Dec. 17. Police believe he fell, and was not pushed, from the 5-meter-high bridge over Sukhumvit at South Road. Chockhai fell onto a passing car and was transported to Banglamung Hospital.
Local motorcycle-taxi driver Cherdchai Thummapratheep, 45, said the sound of the teen hitting the car was like a car crash. He turned around and saw the youth lying in the middle of the street.
Chockhai’s mother Thongbon Leechaikul, 45, said her son often climbs poles and trees and likely was climbing the bridge and fell while playing around.
Hundreds of area residents lined the street as a procession of monks paraded through Pattaya to herald the promotion of Chaimongkol Temple’s abbot.
A broken housing for an electrical transformer has been taken over by Beach Road vagrants and prostitutes who are using it as a toilet and shelter for their illegal activities.
A pair of well-trained geese are amusing residents of an East Pattaya neighborhood with their ability to understand English-language commands and act as “watchbirds.”
Rumors of public land near Bali Hai Pier being sold off to private developers sparked a protest from Pattaya residents who still remember a corruption case involving the waterfront property.
About 50 Pattaya and Marine Department workers needed about four hours to clean up a minor oil spill that washed ashore at Koh Larn’s Tawan Beach.
Suspected to emanate from a passing ship, the oil slick fouled a portion of beach, clumping in balls along the shoreline Dec. 7. While not permanently damaging, the spill prevented tourists from going in the water at the beach.
One beach umbrella vendor said such minor spills occur frequently and accused locals boats of dumping fuel overboard or negligently polluting the sea.
Rescue workers clean up oil deposits from at Koh Larn’s Tawan Beach.
A Takhiantia motorcyclist was killed when she was hit and run over by a six-wheeled truck.
Kanjana Payomhom, 56, died Dec. 6 after dropping off her grandchild at Pattaya School No. 5. The truck fled the scene.
Witnesses reported that the six-wheeled truck hit the bike, which knocked Kanjana to the ground. At least one of its wheels ran over her back.
Police are now pursuing the hit-and-run driver.
A British tourist died after falling from the third floor of an East Pattaya apartment.
Satpal Singh Binag, 35, expired at Pattaya Memorial Hospital of excessive blood loss Dec. 7.
Police found the Briton bleeding profusely from a head wound and suffering various broken bones outside the P.R.S. Mansion.
Hotel employees said Binag had been vacationing in Pattaya for a month. Lately he’d been seen spending lavishly on a Thai woman and was said to be concerned about his finances.
It remains unclear whether he fell, jumped or was pushed to his death. Police speculated he was drunk, but sent the body to the Forensics Institute for a more-educated determination.
Deputy Prime Minister Yukol Limamthong joined city officials and police in a snap inspection of Koh Larn marine operators aimed at ending Pattaya’s string of deadly boat accidents.