A 30-year-old man was yesterday tried by the municipal court for killing three people, and injuring another eight, when he drove his vehicle on the wrong side of the road in Chamkarmon district in March.
Judge Nou Veasna of Phnom Penh Municipal Court identified the accused as Meas Sok Heng, who was charged with careless driving causing death and injury.
Judge Veasna said that in March, the accused drove his Toyota Camry car in the wrong direction along Monivong Boulevard in Boeung Trabek commune.
Judge Veasna said that the accused first hit a motorbike, injuring its passenger, before fleeing the first accident scene.
“After that accident, he did not stop his car. He sped up and managed to escape from the place, but during his escape, he then hit more people on more motorbikes, killing three of them and seriously injuring four.”
Judge Veasna said that after the final crashes, the accused could no longer drive his vehicle and was wrangled by onlookers, who formed a mob and seriously beat him until he lost consciousness.
When police and medics arrived, the accused was taken to hospital for treatment, where he later recovered from his injuries under police supervision and was then charged and placed in pre-trial detention.
The relatives of the three people killed are demanding compensation of $10,000 each, and the eight injured people are demanding $5,000 each from the accused.
At yesterday’s trial, Mr Sok Heng refused to answer any questions.
“I decline to answer anything because I cannot remember anything about the crashes,” he claimed, noting the beating left him with memory loss.
“I was seriously beaten by the victims’ relatives and was sent to stay for a long time at the hospital,” he said. “I would like to ask the court to drop the charge and release me because I was also the victim of violence.”
A verdict is due on February 1.