Reckless and illegal driving by motorcyclists claimed the lives of two Pattaya pedestrians this week, one who was simply trying to walk around his car.
Pratan Tansiri, 61, died at the scene of a June 8 accident on Highway 7 near the Sukhumvit Road offramp when Worapol Kumchompu, 28, rammed his Yamaha Filoan into the back of the victim’s Mercedes-Benz as it was parked on the motorway’s shoulder.
Fatigued after driving from Bangkok, Pratan had pulled over to switch the driving duties with shotgun passenger Chuleewan Chonchinorod. He was hit just as he walked behind the vehicle.
The same day, only a few kilometers away, Krittidej Kaewwongwan died after being hit crossing South Road in Pattaya.
Witness Chanin Nakniyom, 38, said Krittidej was crossing the street after exiting a restaurant, stopping on the center line to allow a car to pass.
Nattapol Jandang, 19, was zipping between cars and slammed directly into him. Nattapol suffered only scrapes. Krittidej died at the scene.
While deaths of motorists get most of the attention, an average of one or two pedestrians a day are killed in road-related accidents in Thailand.