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Prince Ranariddh injured in traffic accident, police says

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Gen. Him Yan speaking to reporters at the press conference on Thursday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

National Police said on Thursday that investigation into an accident that left Funcinpec President Prince Norodom Ranariddh injured and his wife dead showed that it was a car crash caused by the taxi driver.

General Him Yan, deputy national police chief, told the press conference that the taxi driver carried six passengers in his car and was speeding to overtake another car in front of him, but slammed into Prince Ranariddh’s vehicle.

“There are two reasons for the crash. First, he was driving very fast and second, the car was packed with passengers, making him difficult to control the car,” Gen Yan said, “It is a traffic accident.”

“Mil Saret, the taxi driver, admitted that he was driving 100 km per hour while overtaking another car,” he said.

The accident occurred on Sunday at about 10 am when a taxi swerved and collided head-on with Prince Ranariddh’s vehicle in Preah Sihanouk province’s Ou’ Oknha Heng commune along national road 4 which left the Prince injured and his wife dead.

A few days following the accident, senior Funcinpec officials said that they were suspicious of why the Highlander crashed into the Prince’s BMW, which was part of a convoy equipped with sirens.

Mr Saret was charged with careless driving causing injury and death. He has been jailed at Preah Sihanouk provincial prison, where his medical treatment is continuing.

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