Pedestrian Killed by Bangkok Hotel Tuk-Tuk

BANGKOK — A pedestrian was killed and two were injured after they were hit by a hotel tuk-tuk Tuesday morning in what police are chalking up to an accident.

A tuk-tuk belonging to the Centre Point Hotel hit three people at about 9:30am in the hotel’s driveway on Soi Sukhumvit 10. Chinnawat Pilachai died at the scene while two friends with him were severely injured and taken to nearby hospitals, Supakorn Sangklub of Lumphini police said.

Tuk-tuk driver Wanchai Nokkaew sustained minor injuries. He told police he was driving to drop off a foreign customer at the hotel when the vehicle lost control and struck the three pedestrians.

Lt. Supakorn said by phone the fatal crash stemmed from a malfunction of the tuk-tuk’s choke. The 23-year-old driver hasn’t been charged, and police are still questioning the survivors and witnesses.