Heavy vehicle kills woman on pavement
A 58-year-old woman died instantly when a heavy construction vehicle swerved onto a footpath and hit her in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district on Sunday. Traffic police said the woman was waiting to cross the street when a passing excavator ran out of oil and the driver careened onto the footpath to avoid stopping in the road. Police said the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene.
Two drunks arrested for roadblock ruse
Kratie town police on Wednesday night arrested two men, aged 23 and 25, accused of creating a roadblock in an attempt to extort money from passing drivers. They were also accused of destroying a motorbike. Police said the two men had admitted to creating a roadblock with a table and some big rocks, and asking two youths, aged 16 and 18, for about 2,000 riels so that they could buy some alcohol. The youths, feeling threatened, jumped off their motorbike and ran away, after which the two suspects, who were drunk at the time, destroyed their abandoned motorbike out of anger, police said.
Bag snatcher knocks himself unconscious
A bag snatcher’s plot was foiled in Phnom Penh on Friday after he crashed his getaway motorbike and fell unconscious, Tuol Kork district police said. The 18-year-old would-be-thief was hospitalised, his accomplice escaped, and the handbag was returned to its rightful owner, police said. A 55-year-old motorbike driver who the thieves crashed into was slightly wounded and has indicated that he will file a complaint for compensation, police added.
Mother kills herself in her repossessed home
A 43-year-old woman committed suicide in her home on Wednesday, the same day debt collectors arrived to claim her house and land in Pursat province. Police said the debt collectors had forced the woman to sign over her home after she was unable to repay 1.5 million riels [about US$370] that she had borrowed to help her child to start a business. The woman drank pesticide at about 9:30am on Wednesday and died in hospital later the same day, police said.
Motorist hit with stick is critically injured
A 19-year-old man was critically injured after one of a group of five drunk men hurled a wooden stick at his head as he was riding past on a motorbike shortly after midnight on Saturday in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district. Police said they had arrested a man who confessed to throwing the stick. Witnesses said groups of drunk men often caused problems in the area.