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Fatal encounter: Crash kills student day before test

A grade 12 student was killed in a fatal accident in Sihanoukville’s Mittapheap district early on Sunday morning – allegedly by a Russian drunken driver – just one day before he was slated to retake the grade 12 exam, police said yesterday.

According to public services deputy commissioner Ei Sokha, student Sorn Chamnan, 21, was riding his Wave motorbike down the street at about 12:30am.

At the same time, 36-year-old Russian tourist Samokh Vadenis was allegedly speeding in a white Volvo down the same street at up to 100 kilometres per hour while under the influence.

Vadenis allegedly collided with a parked Toyota then veered into Chamnan’s lane, killing him, Sokha said, placing the blame with the Russian motorist.

“The student [was pronounced dead] immediately after we took him to the provincial hospital. After the incident, his family came to pick up his dead body,” Sokha said.

“Meanwhile, the Russian guy was detained at the provincial court to wait for a hearing.”



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