‘Rick the Baker’ killed in hit-and-run accident

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The man known to many as “Rick the Baker” was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he was driving home on his motorbike on Sukhumvit Road.

Rick Odgers, owner of Rick’s Bakery in East Pattaya, died instantly when his Yamaha Nouvo was hit by a black Toyota Vios pickup truck after midnight Feb. 22. The driver fled the scene near the intersection of Sukhumvit Soi 61, but a police officer driving ahead of the accident may also have been involved in the accident.

Odgers’ wrecked motorcycle. Odgers’ wrecked motorcycle.

Friends and customers of the popular baker, whose bread could be found on restaurant tables and supermarket shelves around the city, expressed shock and outrage on the many Pattaya-related message forums, all offering their condolences to his wife, Tik. Odgers was also a member of the Pattaya Sports Club.

Pattaya traffic police commander Sen. Sgt. Maj. Akhadet Phetkla said he was driving home when he felt something hit his rear bumper. He stopped his Honda Civic to see the accident behind him as well as the black truck that hit Odgers escape.

Police planned to review closed-circuit camera footage in hopes of identifying and arresting the driver.