Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Official’s car identified in fatal accident: police

Official’s car identified in fatal accident: police

The broken bicycle of a young boy killed by the car of Oddar Meanchey’s deputy governor lies at the crash site in Samroang town. FACEBOOK
The broken bicycle of a young boy killed by the car of Oddar Meanchey’s deputy governor lies at the crash site in Samroang town. FACEBOOK

Official’s car identified in fatal accident: police

A car belonging to Oddar Meanchey Deputy Governor Vath Paranin was involved in the death of an 8-year-old boy in the province’s Samroang town, though a provincial official said Paranin was attending a provincial meeting at the time of the accident.

Thou Sophea, director for Oddar Meanchey’s provincial traffic police, said the victim, Norn Knoy, was likely cycling across the road in Konriel commune’s Kirivoan village when he was hit and killed by Paranin’s Lexus SUV, but that the car was found abandoned when police officials reached the scene.

“But we do not know whether Vath Paranin was the driver or his chauffeur,” he said.

Sophea said that police officials were already conducting an investigation into the incident. “We have not received a complaint from the boy’s parents yet, but for this case, authorities will not be quiet since the accident caused a boy’s death,” Sophea said.

However, provincial hall spokesman Chea Piseth said that he was with Paranin in a meeting at the provincial headquarters when the accident occurred, though Paranin often loaned out his vehicle. “When he heard the information from the provincial police, that they spotted his car in a traffic accident at Kirivoan village, he and other officials [went to the site] and shared their condolences with the victim,” Piseth said.

Paranin could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Piseth added that Paranin and other officials were helping organise the boy’s funeral.


  • 12th Cambodia int’l film festival to see return of Hollywood star

    Phnom Penh is set to come alive with the magic of cinema as the highly anticipated 12th Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) takes centre stage. Boasting an impressive line-up of 188 films from 23 countries, including captivating shorts, feature films, documentaries and animation, the festival promises an

  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Struggling Battambang artist dreams of staging full-scale gallery exhibition

    Leav Kimchhoth, a 55-year-old artist from Battambang province, is a familiar face to locals and tourists alike on the streets of the riverside in Phnom Penh. The one-armed painter and illustrator often hawks his work near the night market on weekends and public holidays. He

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • New Law on Taxation comes into effect

    Cambodia has enacted the eagerly-awaited new Law on Taxation, which aims to improve the national tax regime’s compliance with present and future international standards and economic conditions; encourage accountability, effectiveness and transparency in the collection process; and promote investment in the Kingdom. King Norodom

  • PM warns of int’l election interference

    With the national election scheduled to take place in less than two months, Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned foreign nations and their diplomats not to interfere into Cambodia’s domestic affairs. He also hinted that their statements on court verdicts handed down to any