A Chinese national was killed in a road accident in Koh Kong’s Trapaing Roung commune on Sunday.
Chung Ching, 58, and his wife – identified as Aly, a Thai national – were visiting Cambodia from Hong Kong as tourists, Koh Kong district deputy traffic police chief Ke Chanmony told The Post on Monday.
Chanmony confirmed that Ching had been killed after the rented car that he drove collided with a fence before smashing into a utility pole and a tree.
“He was driving too fast on a road which is riddled with rocks. Unable to control his speed at a turn, his car crashed into a divider, then a Metfone cable pole and a tree,” he said.
A witness recounted that the vehicle was travelling at a high speed on the winding and pothole-riddled section of the road – between KM101 and 102 – in the direction of Phnom Penh.
The driver, the witness added, was unable to control the steering wheel, thus the accident occurred, leaving him killed and his wife slightly injured.
Authorities are attempting to identify the car rental company’s owner, said Chanmony.
He continued that after the accident, the car was towed and parked at the district police station.
Kong Sovann, a technical adviser at the Ministry of Rural Development, told The Post on Monday that human errors contributed more than 90 per cent of road accidents in the Kingdom, citing a recent study.
He lamented that the drivers often drove at high speeds, under the influence of alcohol or “did other careless things like looking at mobile phones, playing with the passengers and looking away from the road while reaching down to pick up items”.
“We notice that people often make mistakes. However, [the government] should make the roads safer for motorists and help to prevent deaths on the road,” Sovann said.