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Suspected hit-and-run driver caught

An unidentified Nigerian man was detained on Wednesday in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmorn District by traffic police after he allegedly slammed into another car and fled the scene, said Boeng Keng Kang I police chief Kaul Sophath.

The man, who Sophath said was a Nigerian national, was tracked down after he tried to escape the wreckage of a Toyota Camry, adding that no one was injured in what appeared to be a hit-and-run.  

“He was driving a 4Runner and carrying his friends. He was driving at very high speeds through the city of Phnom Penh.  He hit another Camry and caused serious damage. After the collision, he drove off and escaped from the scene,” Sophath said, adding the man wasn’t driving fast enough to elude the police.

Authorities ultimately managed to catch up to the car in Chamkarmon district’s Phsar Doeum Thkov Commune, and forced the driver to pull over, sending him for questioning and to determine appropriate compensation for the damage done to the Camry, Sophath said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at



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