Battambang provincial traffic police are searching for the driver of a pick-up truck which killed four people in a hit-and-run in Ta Krei commune’s Tuol Til village of Battambang province’s Kamrieng district on May 24.

Provincial traffic police bureau chief Chan Sothy identified the dead as Kaing Samnang, 59; Ley Srey Mao, 16; Hoeun Theara, 6; and Hoeun Phearum, 5. They were residents of the village.

“Traffic police are making all possible efforts to arrest the suspect, who escaped immediately after the crash,” he said on May 25.

District police chief Ve Kimchat said the accident happened at around 8pm on National Road 57B. Citing witnesses at the scene, he said six people were walking an old motorcycle on the right side of the road when the truck travelling in the same direction crashed into them.

As it was dark, witnesses could not determine the driver’s identity and were unsure if the truck was carrying any passengers. The driver fled the scene, abandoning the truck.

Kimchat said he led commune police officers to the scene immediately after villagers reported the accident. One of the victims died at the scene while three others succumbed to injuries at a health centre two days later.

The truck is in impound at the Battambang provincial police headquarters while police search for the driver.