Child drowns after dad crashes bike

A three-year-old boy drowned after his father whom police suspect was intoxicated crashed his motorcycle on a narrow road crossing a canal in Nong Khaem District on Sunday.

The accident occurred on a one-metre-wide concrete pathway used only for motorcyclists to cross a canal which surrounds an orchid farm at the back of Soi Phetkasem 110. 

Songsak Taborn, a 38-year-old construction worker, was riding his motorcycle along the pathway in the early morning hours with his young son sitting on the fuel tank when he hit a water meter. He fell off the bike, hitting his head on the ground and losing consciousness. His son, known as “Nong Title”, was thrown into the canal and drowned.    

Thai Rath Online quoted Pol Lt Col Adisorn Kaewmodetarn, an investigator at Nong Kharng Phlu police station as saying that Mr Songsak was taken to Ratchaphiphat hospital after bystanders who thought he was alone at that time called a paramedic team.

The child’s body was only discovered and retrieved from water later in the morning after Weerawan Koythong, 18, Title’s mother, learned about the accident and suspected Nong Title may have drowned in the canal. 

Ms Weerawan separated from Mr Songsak two weeks ago due to his drinking and lack of responsibility. She said Mr Songsak initially denied Nong Title was with him at the time of the crash when she talked to him earlier at the hospital. She went to his home after he was discharged from hospital at 9am and still could not find her son. She then pressed him to tell her where he crashed his motorbike and asked local men to search for her son in the canal. 

Mr Songsak, who sustained a broken arm, head injuries and appeared to still be intoxicated, went to see the body of his son at the police station and burst into tears, according to the report. The father confessed to taking his son along when he went to drink alcohol with a friend who lives in the same soi on Saturday night and rode home when he was very drunk. 

Pol Lt Col Adisorn said he would be charged with reckless driving causing death. 

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