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An 11-year-old girl was killed when she used herself as a shield to save her 10-month-old sister when their mother’s motorcycle crashed in Chachoengsao’s Phanom Sarakham district on Saturday morning, police said.
The mother, Suwitcha Nanoi 37, was riding her motorcycle with her five children from Ayutthaya to visit her husband in Sa Kaew’s Wang Nam Yen district when the accident occurred at 6.30am on the Prachantakham-Kabin Buri road.
Pol Major Arthit Sriprat, inspector of Prachantakham police station, said Suwitcha’s eldest daughter Penpicha, died at the scene with severe head injuries as she had hit her head on the edge of the road island.
Penpicha was carrying her 10-month-old sister, Siriwal, in a baby sling at the time of accident. She apparently used her body as a shield for her sister, who was slightly injured.
Siriwal’s twin sister Pticharat, who was being carried by her mother, was severely injured. Suwithcha and her two sons, Kunakhun and Pongsakorn, who were seated between their mother and Penpicha, were only slightly injured.
Police said the mother admitted to dozing off after riding for a long time. causing her to lose control of the motorcycle.