Child Crushed by Valet in Hotel Parking Accident

A 3-year-old boy was killed while playing inside his home in Phnom Penh on Monday morning when a valet from the hotel next door lost control of a guest’s car and crashed through the front door, police said.

Prum Chan, 31, who works as a security guard and valet at the St. 288 Hotel & Serviced Apartments in Chamkar Mon district’s Boeng Keng Kang II commune, had been parking a Toyota Camry on the street in front of the hotel when he accidentally stomped on the accelerator, according to commune police officer Pok Pouch.

The Toyota shot onto the paved front yard of an adjacent villa, Mr. Pouch said, hitting a parked Lexus SUV before plowing through a large glass double door, behind which the 3-year-old Tea Ginlong had been playing.

“He might have tried to use the brake, but in confusion, he accelerated, which is why the car so quickly crashed into the SUV before crushing the child,” he said, explaining that the impact had broken the boy’s neck and cracked his skull.

The police officer said Mr. Chan was being held at the municipal police headquarters last night and had confessed to causing the accident, and also admitted he did not have a driver’s license.

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