Drunk Driver Crashes Into Shophouse, Killing Three

A man drunkenly crashed his Toyota Camry into a row of shophouses in Pursat province on Thursday night, killing a man, woman and baby girl, officials said on Friday.

Yeang Choeun, a 38-year-old taxi driver, lost control of his vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. and crashed into two shops set up outside a row of houses in Pursat City before coming to a halt at a third, where he killed the shop owner and two relatives, said deputy provincial police chief Or Heang.

“The driver was drunk; that is what caused the accident,” he said.

Mr. Heang said the suspect was arrested at the scene, but that a female passenger fled.

The shop owner, Sum Somang, 31, died at the scene, while his 10-month-old daughter Somang Phea Sinh and ­sister-in-law Ly Pagna, 31, were taken to a commune health center where they were pronounced dead soon after arriving, he added.

The suspect confessed to “careless driving causing injury” during questioning by police, said provincial police chief Sarun Chanthy, adding that he would be sent to the provincial court on Saturday.

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