TAT apologises to Brit cyclists' families
- Published: 18/02/2013 at 12:50 PM
- Online news:
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) chief has apologised to the families of the British couple who were killed by a car in Chachoengsao province while on a cycling trip around the world.
TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni told FM 100.5 on Monday that the agency would find ways to help the families of Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both 34, who died when a pickup truck ran over them on a road in Phanom Sarakham district about 2.30pm on Friday.
The pickup driver, identified by the district police as Worapong Sangkawat, a native of Ubon Ratchathani's Sri Muang Mai district, told police that his vehicle hit the British cyclists while he was reaching down to pick up a cap on the floor.
He was reportedly released on 300,000 baht bail, and will face police charges.
The Guernsey couple's bodies are being kept at Phanom Sarakham Hospital pending further arrangements by their respective families.
The couple had started cycling around the world two years ago, and had travelled through Europe, the Middle East, China and 23 other countries without incident before coming to Thailand.
The pair, who met 14 years ago as art students, updated their adventure regularly on www.twoonfourwheels.com.