Pals killed: Two friends in their 60s were struck and killed by a speeding pickup truck in Phetchabun on Monday night.

 

Yao Khampaeng, 63, and Kasem Saengchan, 61, had just stepped through the front gate of the house of a friend they’d been visiting in Moo 2, Tambon Ban Toke, Muang Petchabun.

That placed them on a narrow road with no sidewalk.

A pickup driven by Rungroj Jaiharn, 34, slammed into them, dragging their bodies about 30 metres before stopping.

Rungroj claimed the men suddenly appeared on the road in front of him and he couldn’t stop in time.

Friends of the pair told police that Yao had to help Kasem, who was partially paralysed, get around, and they’d been to one of their buddies’ houses for a few drinks.

They said someone even called out to Yao and Kasem as they were leaving to be careful of passing vehicles.