BANGKOK Governor Chadchart Sittipunt today (Oct. 10) urged a hit-and-run driver who killed a female street-sweeper on Saturday to surrender warning that a hunt for him continues, Sanook.com said.
Ms. Somsri Yimchalam, who was employed as a street-sweeper by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) Cleaning and Parks Department, died after being hit by a vehicle while cleaning the Kanachapisek parallel road in Saphan Sung district with the driver fleeing the scene.
“Yesterday was another sad day. In the morning I went for a jog at Suan Luang Rama 9 Park and got the news of a sweeper dying in a hit-and-run crash – very cruel people, just hit and drove off – a colleague later found her body.
“Last evening I attended her burial at Klong 9 mosque and offered my condolences and help to her relatives,” he said.
Chadchart added that just last week he took out an insurance policy for all BMA street-sweepers and in doing so told the company that he really did not want to use this policy.
However this death had now occurred and the insurance cover will lead to an additional 100,000 baht compensation for her family.
Somsri was not married and only had a younger sister with her mother having died last year from a cobra bite.
Chadchart has also told his adviser Pol. Gen. Adis Ngamjitsuksri to coordinate with Bang Chan police station in tracking down this driver.
Surveillance camera clips already show that it was a pick-up truck with some pieces having fallen off in the crash.
“If possible surrender, I can’t accept this at all, if something like this happens at the very least you should get down to have a look and help. We already have a photo of the vehicle and will continue chasing him.
“We are trying to not let something like this occur again,” he said.
Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: Thai Rath