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33 Year-old Briton Question after Hitting and Killing Thai Man With his Mercedes in Phuket

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PHUKET – Pol Capt Warawut Sensop, deputy investigation chief at Thalang police station, has informed Thai Media that a garbage salvager was hit and killed by a Mercedes-Benz driven by a British man in the early hours of Wednesday.

The fatal collision with the man and his pushcart occurred on outbound-Thepkasattri Road opposite the PTT Muang Mai petrol station in tambon Thepkassatri.

It was reported to police around 4.40am on Wednesday, Pol Capt Warawut Sensop said.

Police and rescue workers rushed to the scene found parts of a man’s shattered body scattered on the road surface. A black Mercedes-Benz with Phuket license plates and severe damage to the driver’s side was stopped on the road.

The driver, identified as Paul John Mercer, 33, a British national, was injured and had been taken to Bangkok Hospital Phuket before police arrived.

A pushcart and its scattered load of empty water bottles and scrap metal was also found nearby.

The body of the victim, who had not been identified, was taken to Thalang Hospital.

Police said the dead man had earned his living collecting and selling scrap and was crossing the road when he was hit by the sedan.

His body was dragged for about 40 metres along the road. Police were waiting to interrogate the injured driver.

By Achadtaya Chuenniran
The Bangkok Post