Economic Official in K Cham Hit and Run

A car belonging to Ly Thida, the director of the Kompong Cham provincial department of economy and finance, was involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision Thursday in the province’s Choeung Prey district, a police official said.

District deputy police chief Cheang Se said two people were killed and another two injured when Ms. Thida’s Toyota Highlander plowed into a truck and motorbike Thursday morning.

“Mrs. Thida’s Highlander car hit a truck and a motorbike on an under-construction road at 5 a.m. on National Road 6,” Mr. Se said.

He said Ms. Thida was in the car, which was heading in the direction of Phnom Penh, but she had not been driving. When she got out of the car after the collision, the driver drove away, he said.

Khut Sal, 37, and his wife, Kham Srey Loeung, 35, had been traveling by motorbike behind the truck into which the Highlander crashed.

“The couple on the motorbike died immediately at the accident site,” Mr. Se said.

He said truck driver Meng Srun, 32, suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital in Phnom Penh, but that another man who had also been injured in the crash fled the scene.

District traffic police chief Ul Kea said Ms. Thida asked police to let her leave the scene so that she too could check herself into a Phnom Penh hospital.

“She took another car belonging to her department after she called someone,” Mr. Kea said.

“Her driver ran away and we do not know his name yet,” he said, adding that police are investigating the driver’s whereabouts.

In November, senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap ordered his driver to flee the scene of an accident in Kandal province after his car crashed into a couple on a motorbike, killing the woman and critically injuring her husband.

The Traffic Law prohibits “all road users” involved in a road accident from leaving the scene without permission from police.

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