Austrian hotel GM killed in car crash
An Austrian man, who was the general manager of a hotel in Chiang Mai, was killed in a car crash in Kamphaeng Phet’s Muang dstrict Wednesday morning.
Pol Capt Samarn Songkhoom, an officer on duty at Muang Kamphaeng Phet police station, said the man was identified by his business card as Christoph Hlebayna, 51. His business card showed that he was the general manger of Grand View Hotel and Convenient Center in Chiang Mai.
Samarn said his police station was alerted about the accident at 7:20 am. There were no eyewitnesses but passers-by spotted Hlebayna’s Toyota Fortuner on the side of the Bangkok-bound Phaholyothin Road in Tambon Nakhon Chum in Muang district. His international driving license identified him as an Austrian, now a resident of Pattaya.
Bt10,000 in cash was found on his body and a tablet and notebook computers were found in the vehicle.
Police and rescuers found the wreckage of the Fortuner with Bangkok license plate on the roadside. The vehicle was almost reduced to a heap of wreckage with torn-off roof and torn-off part of the driver’s side.
Helbayna’s body was found lying on the roadside, apparently hurled out by the impact. His right arm was torn off by the impact.
Police checked the tyres’ traces and saw that car headed into the ditch in the middle of the road for about 30 meters before it hit into a tree in the middle of the ditch, causing the right part of the vehicle to be torn off.
The vehicle then changed its direction and came back on the road before it stopped on the left side of the road.
Brochures of his hotel were found scattered at the scene.
Police believe the man was driving to Bangkok but dozed off because of tiredness.
His body was sent for the Kamphaeng Phet Hospital for an auptosy.