American man killed in motorcycle accident in northern Thailand


An American man was killed in a motorcycle accident in northern Thailand.

Kenneth Murray James, 58, was riding his Honda PCX when he crashed into an oncoming sedan that switched lanes to overtake a tanker truck in Phrae province on May 25.

The ex-pat from Michigan who had been living in the country since 2015 died on the spot due to the impact while the car driver and four passengers suffered minor injuries and were rushed to Long Hospital.

After being discharged, the driver Kiattisak Chaiwong, 23, was taken to the police station for questioning while the U.S. embassy in Thailand have been informed of the foreigner’s death.

Speaking at the police station Kiattisak said: ‘It was my 23rd birthday so we visited a temple with my mum and brothers. I tried to overtake a truck and went to the other lane but I hit the rider.

‘Everything happened so fast. I could not stop my car on time and there were also some road works around the area.’

Police Lieutenant Colonel Sorawis Kiddee said the dashcam footage taken from the sedan revealed what happened and was taken as evidence.

He said: ‘The footage showed that Kiattisak had been driving recklessly. We are still investigating the incident and will look into compensation that could be received by the foreigner’s family.

‘We informed the embassy who contacted Kenneth’s sister. She will either come here to take her brother’s body or it will be sent home for the funeral.’

Investigations on the incident are still ongoing.