A Russian man driving an SUV collided with two motorbikes in Preah Sihanouk province on Wednesday morning, killing a farmer’s 7-year-old daughter and injuring six other people, including a local police chief, officials said.
The Russian expatriate—later identified as 47-year-old Gleb Kasyanov—was driving on National Road 4 in Prey Nop district’s Choeung Kor commune at about 7:10 a.m. when commune police chief Mok Sokha pulled onto the highway in front of his Toyota SUV, according to Mr. Sokha’s deputy, Nuon Savat.
The SUV struck the motorbike, which was carrying the police chief and two passengers, then swerved into the oncoming lane and collided with a second motorbike, carrying a farmer and her three children, before careening off the road, Mr. Savat said.
The girl died at the scene, while others were hospitalized, he said.
“The police chief’s right leg was broken and his daughter’s right leg was broken,” he added.
Mr. Savat said he did not know how seriously the other passengers were injured but that police took them to the nearby Veal Rinh commune health center before staff transferred them to a hospital in Phnom Penh.
Mr. Kasyanov was arrested at the scene and later questioned at both the district police station and provincial police headquarters, he said.
Deputy provincial police chief I Sokha said the Russian would be sent to the provincial court this morning to face further questioning.
Deputy district police chief Yang Pros, who initially identified Mr. Kasyanov, named the police chief’s passengers as his daughter Muth Pheaktra, 19, and granddaughter Kong Phorsda, 14.
He identified the farmer on the second motorbike as Ong Dyna, 37, and her children as Touch Long Ly, 14; Touch Lyhorng, 10; and Touch Sreynith, 7—who was killed.
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