Cyclist killed by BMW-driving grad student who ‘didn’t see her’

Photo: Top News/ Facebook
Photo: Top News/ Facebook

A young graduate student has been charged with reckless driving after running over a 58-year-old woman on a bicycle in Pathum Thani province this morning, killing her instantly.

Thanadech Maksiri, 23, who studies international business at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, crashed his BMW into Pattamawadee Prammareung at the entrance of his university.

Thanadech, who said he did not see Pattamawadee on the road, crashed into her with full force.

“I was driving on the main road. I don’t know if she came out of the alley, but she came into the left lane,” the student told a reporter.

Family of the deceased said she worked at the Half Way Home for Women and would ride her bike every day to buy groceries in Soi Khlong Hok.

Pattamawadee’s daughter burst into tear as soon as she saw her mother, lying dead in the roadside bushes. Poh Teck Tung rescue volunteers subsequently moved her body to the forensic department at Thammasat University Hospital, according to Kapook.

Thanadech was taken to the police station for questioning and charged with reckless driving that resulted in the death of another person.

Thailand has earned the dubious distinction from WHO as the country with the second-most dangerous roads in the world. In 2015, a Chilean cyclist was run over by a truck in southern Thailand in front of his wife and child, during their five-year quest to set a Guinness cycling record. The story gained the attention of media worldwide and raised discussions about road safety among the locals.

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