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Boat crash blamed in drowning

A 17-year-old boy was killed and two people were arrested after a boating accident in Kampong Chhnang’s Kampong Leng district on Monday night, a local police official said.

Chan Savoeun, Pralay Meas commune police chief, said the crash happened as three teens were travelling to visit a sick relative. Low visibility may be partly to blame for what happened next, when a fishing boat rammed into the three, hitting 17-year-old E Chomrong in the chest and knocking him unconscious.

While his companions – 15 and 16 years of age, respectively – swam ashore, Chomrong drowned, according to Savoeun.

The two suspects tried to flee but were caught by other villagers, Savoeun said.

Theam Song, director of the waterway traffic police office in Kampong Chhnang province, said the accused are being questioned, but that no charges had been filed yet.

Siv Sokhom, the victim’s grandfather, said that after the crash, Chomrong’s body could not be found until 10am yesterday.

The family intends to file a complaint, demanding justice and $5,000 in compensation, he added.



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