Police looking into South Korean teen cyclist’s death on Chiang Mai road

Police on Thursday said they were investigating a traffic fatality that killed a teen South Korean cyclist who was training in Chiang Mai province.

Eom Se-beom was a promising athlete when he was hit and killed by a car Tuesday morning on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route, police said today, appealing for any witnesses or anyone with photographic evidence to come forward.

Montri Harnjai, president of Sports Association Chiang Mai, offered his condolences to Eom’s family. He said police were questioning the driver of the car that killed Eom.

The 18-year-old won two gold medals in October at the Asian Junior Cycling Championship, according to Korean state media. He was about to be named the nation’s top rookie cyclist in the high school division by the Korea Cycling Federation.

Thai roads are some of the deadliest in the world, by the numbers, and a number of foreign nationals cycling in the kingdom have joined the grim figures of those killed here. High-profile incidents include the 2015 death of a round-the-world, Guinness record contender. Chilean cyclist Juan Francisco Guillermo came to a tragic end when a truck in Nakhon Ratchasima swerved into his lane and killed him as his family looked on. Two years ago, long-distance Filipino cyclist Russel Perez was killed when a van allegedly ran a red light in Chachoengsao province.

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