After Prime Minister Hun Sen personally ordered police to identify and arrest motorists suspected of killing a promising young university student in Phnom Penh in a hit-and-run incident on Tuesday, the father of the driver turned himself in to police yesterday morning.
According to police, the victim was Dum Rida, a Paragon International University scholarship recipient. Ms Rida was killed when an SUV crashed into her motorbike on Street 228 in Tuol Kork district’s Boeng Kak I commune.
Police said security camera footage showed Ms Rida dying instantly and two females fleeing the scene of the incident in a Range Rover. The footage was leaked, and the incident garnered notoriety online.
During a graduation ceremony for students yesterday morning, Mr Hun Sen called the driver amoral and called on police to take legal action.
“I saw the video of the hit-and-run incident involving a student on Tuesday,” he said. “Police must investigate and find out the reason why this happened. I am sure the driver is amoral.”
Colonel Sem Kunthea, chief of Phnom Penh traffic police, said a man named Yin Geck turned himself in yesterday evening following the remarks by Mr Hun Sen.
“The car is registered under Seng Pitou, but it belongs to Yin Geck,” Col Kunthea said. “Police will question them both.”
“Police suspect that Mr Geck’s daughter was driving the car, but we have no evidence,” he added. “We need time to figure this out.”
Path Pov, the victim’s mother, said Ms Rida was a kind soul and that her death was a huge loss to the family. Ms Pov said her daughter was just about to graduate from university.
“My daughter was a good girl – she studied hard and never let us down,” she said. “Please, God take me instead of her. I do not know what to do now without her.”
“I hope the authorities will find justice for us,” she added.
Pheng Vannak, a Facebook personality, yesterday said $5,000 was given to him by the family of the suspect for Ms Rida’s funeral.
“The case hasn’t ended. This money is donated for the funeral, not as a settlement,” Mr Vannak said. “I’m representing the driver’s family and I am to hand this money over. Police will address the problem going forward.”