Irish National Killed in Hit and Run While Crossing Street

An Irish national was killed after being broadsided by a white Range Rover SUV while walking his bicycle across Monivong Boulevard in Phnom Penh early Sunday morning, according to police.

The victim was hit while walking his bicycle across Monivong Boulevard near the intersection of Street 278 in Chamkar Mon district’s Boeng Keng Kang I commune at about 1:30 a.m., according to Sem Kunthea, deputy municipal traffic police chief, who identified the man as 30-year-old Tomas Edmond from Ireland.

“The vehicle was driving on Monivong Boulevard from south to north and hit the foreigner, who was walking his bike…at the corner of Street 278 and Monivong Boulevard,” Mr. Kunthea said.

“The foreigner was hit on his right side and his body landed far away,” he said.

Mr. Kunthea said the victim died at the scene of the accident, adding that his body was currently being kept at the Stung Meanchey pagoda.

Poun Sovuthy, deputy commune police chief, said the SUV, which was damaged in the crash, stopped a few blocks away from the accident, behind the Preah Yukunthor school, and that the driver and two or three passengers fled on foot.

Mr. Kunthea said police would identify the owner of the SUV—which is being held at the municipal traffic police station—today, as soon as they receive vehicle registration information from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

“We are [also] cooperating with the municipal foreigner police unit to find the identification of the victim,” he added.

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