Theerarak Suthathiwong

A toddler was killed after being run over in a parking lot in Huay Yai.

Kanphumin Sripanon, 2, was crushed under the back wheel of a Toyota pickup truck driven by Teerayut Saengchanrid, 33, March 24 in a community parking lot on Soi Baan Piem Mongkol.

The child’s aunt, Kanchana Polpikul, 18, said the child and others from the neighborhood often played in the lot. She didn’t see the accident, however, only arriving after hearing screams. Teerayut tried to provide first aid, but it was too late.

Police said a tearful Teerayut explained that he had been working on his truck, as it wouldn’t start.

Earlier, he had several people push the truck so he could try to jump-start it. At that time, he saw the toddler chasing after the car-pushers before being picked up and taken away from the vehicle.

He went back to working on the vehicle and eventually got it running. Teerayut put the truck in reverse, but, little did he know, the unattended 2-year-old had again run up behind the vehicle. He hit the child without knowing he was there.

Teerayut was taken to the police station for further questioning and possible charges.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:49

47-year-old German drowns off Pattaya Beach

Police the body of 47-year-old Udo Springer from Germany found dead in the water off a small Pattaya island.

Springer was wearing only swim trunks when pulled from the water off Koh Chun, a tiny island about a mile offshore. There were no signs of injury or trauma. The corpse was sent to the Forensics Institute to determine the cause of death.

Beach chair vendor Thom Yuthsoonthorn, 34, said he had seen the victim on the beach near Soi 13/2 when he went for a swim. Several hours later, a nearby vendor asked if he had returned. Both men presumed he had and had gone back to his hotel.

Police presumed he may have cramped up and drowned while swimming too far from shore.

Two alleged drug dealers with purported ties to a network inside a Bangkok prison were arrested in Pattaya.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:20

2 teen girls arrested for drug possession

Two teenage girls were arrested for possession of methamphetamines after being stopped at a central Pattaya checkpoint.

A 15-year-old passenger on a motorbike driven by an 18-year-old identified only as “Orn” handed over a packet of eight ya ba pills to police at the road stop at Central Road and Chalermprakiet 14 March 20.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:48

Lesbian couple wows neighbors with wedding

Same-sex marriage may not be legal in Thailand, but that didn’t stop two women from informally tying the knot in a community ceremony that had all the neighbors talking.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:01

5 tourists escape burning van

Five Nonthaburi tourists escaped harm when they fled their Toyota Commander moments before it was engulfed in flames after their day in Pattaya.

A motorcyclist was killed and a passenger hurt when their bike lost control on a Highway 7 bridge and crashed into a side railing, vaulting the driver over the side.

Two Russians were arrested and hundreds of bottles of traditional remedies from their home country seized in a raid of a Naklua storefront.

Pattaya police hit Domzdorovia Co. on Naklua Road March 11, confiscating 573 bottles of illegal capsules promising cures for male sexual dysfunction, hemorrhoids, skin care, muscle ache, fertility woes, diabetes, heart issues and liver problems.

Anastasiya Cherkasoa, 33, from Russia was arrested for selling illegal medicines and hiring foreign staff without work permits. Olga Bukachuk, 24, from Russia was also arrested for working illegally in Thailand.

Police have arrested Russians Anastasiya Cherkasoa and Olga Bukachuk for illegally selling traditional remedies from their home country.Police have arrested Russians Anastasiya Cherkasoa and Olga Bukachuk for illegally selling traditional remedies from their home country.

Social media has dealt Pattaya’s taxi drivers another block eye, this time with a video showing a motorcycle-taxi driver knocking out a South Korean customer with one punch.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:25

Contractor dies in utility pole collapse

A contractor was killed when the utility pole he climbed in East Pattaya fell and crushed him to death.

Supachai Naming, 38, was killed instantly when the 5-meter-tall pole fell on him in front of the Siam Royal Hill Village on Soi Khao Talo.

An optical-cabling contractor, Supachai had brought his two brothers to help him relocate a fiber-optic Internet cable to poles on the opposite side of the road. But as he climbed near the top of the pole, it suddenly fell over on top of him.

The accident caused a traffic backup and the Provincial Electricity Authority was called to move the post.

Methansit Somla, a member of Nongprue Municipal Council, said he saw the contractors before the accident and noticed the utility pole was leaning hazardously. He said he warned the victim to be careful and Supachai told him not to worry as he understood the situation.

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