Court charges teen over fatal hit-and-run

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday charged a motorist over the hit-and-run death of a female university student after she turned herself in to police and was sent to court.

Judge Bun Thy identified her as 16-year-old Yin Khun Mey, also known as Yin Mana.

He said Ms Khun Mey was charged with driving without care and attention and negligence leading to death over the accident which occurred on March 26 on Street 228 in Tuol Kork district. She is now in prison pending trial.

“I, Bun Thy, an investigating judge, order the accused Yin Khun Mey, alias Yin Mana, to be detained in PJ prison.” Judge Thy said.

Ms Khun Mey faces one to three years in jail and a fine of 4,000,000 riel (about $991) to 15,000,000 riel (about $3,719).

Footage of the accident went viral on social media, prompting Prime Minister Hun Sen to order the arrest of those involved.

A police report states that Ms Khun Mey, with two passengers in an SUV, was driving at high speed when she hit Dum Rida, 19, on Street 228 in Tuol Kork.

She and her friends then fled the scene and abandoned the SUV in Meanchey district. Ms Rida died at the scene of the accident.

On Friday, Path Pov, the mother of the victim, filed a complaint with the court to demand $200,000 in compensation from the accused and for it to punish Ms Khun Mey in accordance with the law.

In connection with the case, Fresh News on Friday filed a complaint with the court against Facebook personality Pheng Vannak for public defamation.

Its lawyer Ly Rothy filed the complaint to demand that the court punish Mr Vannak and have him pay about $500,000 in compensation. It also asked Mr Vannak for a public apology.

On Thursday, Mr Vannak allegedly went live on Facebook accusing Fresh News of only reporting news which benefits it and not about the suffering of the public in general.

He made the accusation after Fresh News published a story that Pich Sros, Cambodian Youth Party president, had filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Unit that Mr Vannak had allegedly given $5,000 to Ms Rida’s family following the fatal accident.

Mr Vannak later said that the money was forwarded to him by Ms Khun Mey’s family to give to the victim’s family for funeral expenses.

“We demanded $500,000 for compensation from this person, Mr Vannak, whose accusation seriously affects the honour of Fresh News,” Mr Rothy said in the complaint letter, adding that the money would be donated to the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital.