Australian man faces charges after woman, 50, and her nephew, 15, are killed when his pick-up crashed into their motorbike in Thailand as he ‘tried to flee the scene of another accident’
An Australian man is facing criminal charges after a car crash in central Thailand that left two people dead and a third in a critical condition in hospital.
Police found Joel Mackerry sobbing behind the wheel of his Isuzu pick-up truck, Thai Rath reports.
The 55-year-old expat is being held in police custody following the accident in Udon Thani, 560 kilometres north of Bangkok, on Tuesday.
The deadly crash occurred when the man allegedly attempted to flee police after a minor accident where he grazed a local taxi and bus near a shopping mall.
Mackerry is reported to have panicked after police took chase and allegedly crashed into a motorbike driven by a 50-year-old woman and carrying two young male passengers.
The woman died at the scene, while her 15-year-old nephew was taken to Udon Thani Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
The woman’s 11-year-old son survived the accident, but is reported to be seriously injured.
Her distraught husband said she had been picking up the two boys from school and was on her way to meet him to go home together.
She was 100m away from him when her bike was hit head-on by the pick-up truck, he told Thai Rath.
Mackerry allegedly told police had been drowsy after taking medicine following a visit to a local clinic, according to local media reports.
According to local media reports, he said he had been to the clinic for treatment of a mental illness and was on his way to eat when he hit the taxi.
The man also said he is married to a Thai woman from Udon.
A legal representative for Mackerry confirmed to AAP from the local police cells that the accident occurred on Tuesday and said the man was too distressed to speak.
‘He still doesn’t want to talk about it,’ she said. She was unable to provide details of the charges but said the man will face court at a later date. – Mailonline