Body of Trang mayor found after car crashed
Rescuers are heading to the Andaman Sea coast where the body of Apichit Winothai, the mayor of Trang Municipality, was found on Thursday. (Photo by Methee Muangkaew)
TRANG: The body of the mayor of Trang Municipality was found on a shore, ending a 15-hour search after his SUV fell into a canal.
An aerial search by a drone and paramotors located Apichit Winothai’s body on the coast of the Andaman Sea, face down. The area was about five kilometers from the Pakprom pier where its Mitsubishi Pajero dived in the Pakpron canal Wednesday night.
The body was sent for an autopsy to Trang Hospital on Thursday, and his family took the body to Songklanagarind Hospital on Friday for another detailed examination.
Mayor and driver Sutthimeth Panysitthikorn were in the vehicle that plunged into the Pakprom Canal near the pier after Apichit presided over the opening of a scout camp at Thetsaban 1 Sangkhawit School in Hat District Samran. A witness said he saw the car entering the waterway at high speed.
Pol Col Boriphant Borirak, the provincial forensic police chief, said no malfunctions were detected in the Pajero, including in its transmission and brake systems. There was also no evidence that the car was hit, he added.
The car was moved from the canal three hours after entering the canal at 7.15 p.m. Wednesday. The driver was found dead at the wheel.
Mr. Apichit became mayor in 2012. He was accused by the National Anti-Corruption Commission on December 18 of abuse of power in an alleged corruption case during the Chinese New Year celebration in the municipality in February 2013.
Prosecutors have not decided whether they will pursue the case after it is referred to them.