A Liverpool pensioner is accused of being drunk when his car careered into a family vehicle killing a ten-year-old girl in Thailand, local reports said.
The crash had happened along a country road in Rayong, when the 79-year-old had a collision with a local family just after midnight.
Khaosod English, a Bangkok-based news site, reported that Alan Jamieson, from Liverpool, was detained by police who rushed to the scene to try and save those injured.
This morning, reports said Jamieson had “confessed” to the killing , telling police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel.
The family’s black Mitsubishi Triton pick-up truck spun off the road and ploughed into a tree.
The two parents, Jirawat Sooknet, 31, and Jan Chaiwirat, 40, were rushed to hospital with daughter Pattharawadi Sooknet.
Pattharawadi died several hours later at 9.30am local time.
Jamieson was himself injured in the crash, and was treated at the same hospital as the Thai family, meaning police had to wait to question him.
Capt. Suchet Tepchali, of Rayong city police, said Jamieson smelled strongly of alcohol when he arrived at the scene.
He alleged he tested positive for high blood alcohol.
And there were further claims that Jamieson was driving without a license.
Capt. Suchet Tepchali, of Rayong city police, said: “He confessed to hitting her, but he said he was asleep at the wheel.”
It is unclear if Jamieson was a tourist or an expat.
Captain Suchet added: “Police were notified of the accident at 00:30am. It was found to involve a pick-up truck and a Honda Civic Coupe being driven by a foreigner.
“Inside the car was the British man Alan Jamieson, born in Liverpool. He was injured in the driver’s seat. Officers hurried to remove him from the car and it was found that he smelled strongly of spirits.”
Police said that both vehicles were badly damaged and that the two parents and the young girl had to be cut free from the wreckage in the Tapong district of the province.
Captain Suchet added: “He[Jamieson]has been arrested under suspicion of causing the accident and is being closely monitored.
“He was found to have the symptoms of alcohol in his blood and did not have a driving license.
“We are preparing to prosecute him on behalf of the three victims in the crash.”
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