The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has placed 30-year-old Yanna Lina in pre-trial detention on manslaughter charge for running over a man in his Lexus SUV, killing him, on Thursday.
Lina has been sent to the Police Judiciare (PJ) prison, according to court spokesman Kuch Kimlong.
In a video of the incident, which went viral on social media, the speeding Lexus crashes into the back of a motorbike, sending its passengers airborne. One of the victims on the bike can be seen moving in the road before the Lexus backs up and runs over him, killing him. The motorbike passenger suffered serious injuries.
Phnom Penh municipal deputy police chief in charge of traffic Chev Hak told The Post on Sunday that police assumed the incident was an accident.
“It is a traffic accident case because I did not find that the driver intended to kill motorists. According to their relatives, they had never known each other or had a dispute with each other,” he said.
Hak said the accused told police during questioning that the two victims were thieves. However, according to an investigation, the police did not locate any victims of theft. Hak said police are further investigating Lina’s claim.
Phnom Penh deputy police chief in charge of criminal offences Song Ly declined to comment on Sunday, citing an ongoing investigation.
“Authorities are looking into this case. There are no results yet.”
Police said Lina is a dentist who lives in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district.
The deceased victim has been identified as 19-year-old Khon Tong, who worked in construction and lived in Meanchey district. The injured victim is Pov Mot, a 17-year-old tuk-tuk driver from Prey Veng province.
According to a National Police report, the Lexus crashed the motorbike at around 11:30pm at the intersection of streets 173 and 328 in Boeung Keng Kang district’s Tuol Svay Prey I commune on Thursday.