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Hit-and-run charges due

Hit-and-run charges due

Police will today file charges against the daughter of a Preah Vihear police official over the hit-and-run death of an Irish man in Phnom Penh early on Sunday, officers said yesterday.

Chev Hak, director of Phnom Penh traffic police, said Sila Ratanak, who police continue to search for, will be charged with careless driving causing death.

Ratanak, 20, had been driving the Range Rover of her father, Hou Sila, deputy chief of tourist police in Preah Vihear, when it struck and killed Tomas Edmond Beecher, 30, at the intersection of Street 278 and Monivong Boulevard at about 1:30am, Hak said.

Seng Chanthorn, a traffic police official, alleged that Ratanak, a university student, had fled the scene after the accident and Hou Sila had later spoken to police in a bid to “solve the problem”.

“[Today], our police will send a document accusing them to the court,” he said, adding that the suspect’s father could be required to pay compensation.


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