Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Young boy struck and killed by Cintri truck in Sihanoukville

Young boy struck and killed by Cintri truck in Sihanoukville

People gather around the scene of an accident in Sihanoukville yesterday that a Cintri truck was involved. Photo supplied
People gather around the scene of an accident in Sihanoukville yesterday that a Cintri truck was involved. Photo supplied

Young boy struck and killed by Cintri truck in Sihanoukville

An 11-year-old boy was killed and his 15-year-old sister injured after a collision with a Cintri rubbish truck in Sihanoukville yesterday, according to police, with an official at the trash collection company blaming the children for not wearing helmets.

Deputy provincial police chief Ty Sokha said that the girl, Pheak Sok Komarey, had been driving a Scoopy motorbike with her younger brother, Pheak Rattanakchhuoy, when metal protruding from the side of the truck struck the boy’s head and knocked him to the ground.

“This accident was caused by the garbage truck driver, who drove carelessly and veered into the motorbike lane,” said Sokha, adding that witnesses saw the girl swerve to try to avoid the truck, which was driving downhill, but could not avoid its path.

The truck’s driver escaped, the police chief added, and police are now searching for him.

Iv Khunsreng, head of Cintri in the province, acknowledged his driver had caused the accident but said it easily could have been avoided. “The boy died because his head hit against the truck, and if he wore a helmet, he would not have died,” he said.

The boy’s father, Sun Sopheak, said both his children had been wearing helmets at the time.

In a separate Cintri accident, Phnom Penh garbage truck driver Sorn Ran was questioned at court yesterday over the death of a 15-year-old in a crash on Monday, but no charges were laid, said Tin Vansy, of the municipal traffic police.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen warmly welcomed by president Biden

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, as ASEAN chair, and other ASEAN leaders were warmly welcomed by US president Joe Biden as the ASEAN-US summit May 12-13 kicked off today in Washington. “This evening, I welcomed ASEAN leaders to the White House for the first time in

  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen invites US president to attend summit in Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen personally invited US President Joe Biden to attend the ASEAN-US Summit which is set to be held in Cambodia in November, as ASEAN and the US are expected to upgrade their strategic partnership to a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’, according to Prime

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub