Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Accused hit-and-run driver on lam: father

Accused hit-and-run driver on lam: father

Accused hit-and-run driver on lam: father

The father of a 20-year-old girl who was allegedly driving a Range Rover when it hit and killed an Irish national early on Sunday morning arrived at the Phnom Penh Municipal Traffic Police office yesterday to tell the authorities that he could not locate his daughter.

Chev Hak, director of the city’s traffic police, said yesterday that the victim was Tomas Edmond Beecher, 30. Beecher was killed while taking his bicycle across the street around 1:30am on Sunday at the intersection of Monivong Boulevard and Street 278 in Boeung Keng Kang 1 commune.

The driver subsequently fled the scene and the car was seized. According to reports, several people in the vehicle also emptied out of it and ran away. Beecher’s body was initially sent to Stung Meanchey pagoda.

“Right now, we are organising the report of an accident with the details of the Irishman to the UK Embassy in Cambodia to help and find his family or relatives to bring his body back to his county,” Hak said.

He said the father of the driver was a tourist police officer and that yesterday he “came to our office to resolve the problem and asked us to help him to find his daughter, because until now she has not come back home”.

When asked for the identity of the driver and the tourist police officer, Hak demurred.

“I am sorry that now I am not in the office; I am busy driving on the road. However, we are resolving it with care,” he said.

Fearing mob violence and lacking proper driving documents, motorists flee crash sites frequently.

Of all the crashes recorded by the government from 2006 to 2012, an average of 27 per cent involved hit-and-runs, and of all the fatalities from those crashes, hit-and-runs occurred in 43 per cent of cases.


  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,