A 46-year-old Irishman was killed in Kandal province on Saturday after he was thrown from his motorcycle and landed in a pool of water following a high-speed hit-and-run, police said Sunday.
Kieran O’Brien was hit on National Road 3 in Kandal Stung district’s Tbeng commune at about 6:30 a.m. while he was driving to Kampot province from Phnom Penh, according to district police chief Young Koung.
Mr. Koung said investigators suspected that Kieran O’Brien had been driving at about 80 kph when a car came from behind and clipped the left side of his motorcycle, sending him skidding about 30 meters along the road and into a dirt hole filled with water, where he died.
“The victim was possibly knocked on the side of his [left] hand by a car,” he said, adding that Mr. O’Brien had not been wearing a helmet and was likely knocked unconscious before he landed in the water.
“The victim could have choked on the water,” he said. “If he did not fall into the water, maybe we could have helped him in time.”
Mr. Koung said there were no witnesses to the accident but that police would continue searching for the driver who hit Kieran O’Brien.
Commune police chief Put Sokunthea confirmed the details of the accident and said district traffic police were handling the case.
The Irishman’s Cambodian ex-wife, Ros Srey Noch, 26, said police told her about the accident on Saturday.
“I was shocked to hear the news,” she said, adding that her ex-husband had lived in Phnom Penh for several years and that the two had a 6-year-old daughter.
“He loved his daughter and I wish my daughter had not lost her father,” she said. “I want the authorities to investigate and find the car that caused the incident.”
Mr. Srey Noch said Kieran O’Brien’s body was being kept at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh.