Police in Phnom Penh arrested a 28-year-old woman who allegedly killed one person and injured four others while speeding in her black Toyota Corolla down Street 51 in Daun Penh district’s popular nightlife area yesterday before finally crashing into the Walkabout hotel, police and witnesses said.
At about 4 am, Chuon Saveth allegedly raced south between streets 154 and 174, plowing first into the motorcycle of 22-year-old Meas Lana, then into the car of a man driving with his 13-year-old son, seriously injuring all three, according to the police report.
According to the report, Ms Soveth then crashed into and killed Thai Huo, 55, who was sleeping inside his tuk-tuk outside the Walkabout hotel.
Before coming to a final stop, Ms Saveth allegedly hit two parked motorbikes, slightly injuring motorcycle taxi driver Sam Samorn, according to the report.
Heavy tables and chairs outside of Walkabout were destroyed, but they seemed to have prevented further damage to the bar, according to the hotel’s day manager, Mol Chhieng.
“She crashed into the wall, but didn’t break any glass, and no [patrons] sitting outside got hurt,” he said.
Deputy Municipal Traffic Police Chief Pen Khun said the driver is currently in police custody and will be sent to the court for sentencing after he has prepared her case file.
“She might have been a bit drunk, got angry with someone, and drove overly fast,” he speculated.
(Additional reporting by Abby Seiff)