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Bodies of British cyclists to be sent to UK

A representative appointed by the British embassy yesterday picked up the bodies of a couple killed in a road crash in Chachoengsao. The duo was on a round-the-world bicycling journey.

Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both 34-year-old British citizens, died at 1pm last Wednesday when a pickup hit them on Kabin Buri-Phanom Sarakham Road.

The pickup driver, Worapong Sangkawat, is now facing charges of reckless driving causing deaths. If convicted, he will face up to 10 years in jail and/or a maximum fine of Bt20,000.

"Their bodies will be returned to Britain," Nopparat Khonyuen, the representative, said. He spoke to reporters while contacting the Phanom Sarakham Police Station to pick up the bodies and the couple's belongings. He said the belongings would also be handed over their relatives in Britain. Among them were 13 bags, a watch, a camera, a cell phone, two computer notebooks, some foreign currency and three rings. "We are following the procedure as requested by their relatives," Nopparat said.

Police said the victims' relatives could seek compensation from the insurance company the driver had bought a policy with.




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