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Boy, 16, dies in river after hit-and-run boat crash

Boy, 16, dies in river after hit-and-run boat crash

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run involving two boats on the Tonle Sap river in Pursat province’s Kandieng district on Saturday, an official said.

Pech Chamroeun, the police chief of Raingtoel commune, which is in Kandieng, said yesterday that the 19-year-old suspect, Sokhom Chantha, ran his boat into one that
the victim, Sok Seyla, was operating.

After Seyla was knocked out of the boat and into the river, Chantha left his boat and fled the scene, according to Chamroeun, who said that the two are from the same floating village.

“Until now, our authorities impounded the two motorboats temporarily in order to wait for the legal solution,” Chamroeun said.

Yesterday, Sok Liya, the victim’s father, said he filed a complaint asking the police to find Chantha and make an arrest. He is also demanding $2,000 in compensation from the suspect.

He said that since police know the identity of the suspect, he hopes they will find him soon so as to “provide justice for my son”.

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