Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

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Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:22 pm

Save the Children have confirmed the decease of Australian Laura KNIGHT in a mini-van accident in Cambodia.
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A prominent Australian social worker who described Cambodia's traffic as scary and crazy has been killed in a car crash there, her organisation has confirmed.
Australian Associated Press June 23, 2018 4:18pm

Cambodia's high profile NGO community is in mourning following the death of prominent Australian social worker Laura Knight, who was killed in a car accident which also claimed the lives of three others and left another six people injured.

Knight, from Melbourne, worked for Save the Children Cambodia and its partner Family Care First (FCF) since arriving in the nation in November 2015 and was traveling in a mini-van on Friday when it hit a mango tree in southwest Takeo province.

"It is with great sadness that I write to notify you of a tragic car accident, resulting in the deaths of four of our colleagues," FCF said in a closed online statement to its members.

Knight also studied at RMIT and previously worked for child protection organisation Friends International, which receives support from the the Australian government, specialising in child protection, vocational training, migration and environmental management.

According to Fresh News the driver hit a mango tree when the breaks failed. It quoted Sok Samnang of the Takeo Provincial Police as saying the driver escaped injury but he confirmed one Australian woman was killed while the survivors were taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for Save the Children confirmed the death and the separate statement to members said the immediate families had been notified.

"I would ask that you please delay in contacting these families to ensure we do not overwhelm them during this incredibly challenging time.

"This is a truly heartbreaking event for all of us," FCF said in a statement to its members.

Knight had already expressed her fears about travelling on Cambodia's notorious roads, dedicating an entire blog - A Knight in Cambodia - to the problems she had encountered on the roads.

"One of the biggest challenges I have found living in Cambodia is the traffic, which is crazy. I have got more used to it now but it can still be a bit scary," she wrote.

She said the rules in Cambodia were more like suggestions and even those suggestions were rarely followed.

"For me it shows that laws are not enough to change behaviour, you really need to have good education and effective incentives (positive and negative) to get people to act differently."

https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking- ... 130a433d88
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More specific details of this horrific accident, including videos from the scene, can be found in our Darknet Cambodia News forum.
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Post by Beerinthemorning » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:55 pm

I drove past the wreck of that bus today, coming to PP via Kep.

It was sitting on its side in some kinda government carpark.
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Re: Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:13 pm

3 Cambodians and 1 Australian Killed in Save the Children Mini-van Crash
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Phnom Penh: On June 22 at 3:30 pm, a serious traffic accident took place when a mini-van belonging to the Save Children Orphanage, veered off the road crashing into a mango tree on National Road 3, Trang Kok district, Takeo.

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The Hyundai mini-van, plate no. PP 3D-0628, was transporting 15 people from Save Children Organization from Kep to Phnom Penh via Kampot when the accident occurred. Four people died, 3 Cambodians and an Australian NGO worker, 35 year old Laura KNIGHT and 11 people were injured.
The mini-van driver, who was unhurt, ran away to escape from the scene.
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After the incident, the General Sok Samnang, Takeo provincial police chief, and his team arrived at the scene, helping to take the injured to the hospital immediately and investigating the cause of the accident. The bus was decided to keep at Trang Kok police station.

The families of the Cambodian victims took their bodies to prepare for the funerals, and the body of Ms Knight was taken to Phnom Penh by the Save the Children organization.
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Re: Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by that genius » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm

Ah, now i get it..that [Mod edit] Am I right?
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Post by cautious colin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:23 pm

that genius wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm
Ah, now i get it..that[Mod edit] Am I right?
Completely different person no? Her name was Belinda Laidlaw and worked (past tense) Friends international.

RIP to the lady and 3 Cambodians
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Re: Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by angkorjohn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:24 pm

that genius wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm
Ah, now i get it..that [Mod edit] Am I right?
no, sir that person volunteered for friends international. so stop clogging up a thread about several people losing their lives with your pointless drivel. What does it have to do with anything? you can be a real jackass sometimes. more "that reatard" than that genius
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Re: Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by violet » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:25 pm

that genius wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm
Ah, now i get it..that [Mod edit] Am I right?
Weren't pics of that woman posted? I may be remembering wrongly, but ithe one I am thinking of looked completely different, and I think was younger.


Condolences to all friends and families of those involved
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Re: Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by that genius » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:27 pm

violet wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:25 pm
that genius wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm
Ah, now i get it..that [Mod edit] Am I right?
Weren't pics of that woman posted? I may be remembering wrongly, but ithe one I am thinking of looked completely different, and I think was younger.


Condolences to all friends and families of those involved
Yeah, I was mistaken, thanks for replying rationally, I was commenting more on the name of the NGO, not the person but angkorjohn didn't miss the opportunity to go gaga on a post which explicitly stated I could be mistaken.
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Re: Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by that genius » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:31 pm

angkorjohn wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:24 pm
that genius wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm
Ah, now i get it..that [Mod edit] Am I right?
no, sir that person volunteered for friends international. so stop clogging up a thread about several people losing their lives with your pointless drivel. What does it have to do with anything? you can be a real jackass sometimes. more "that reatard" than that genius
The word is 'retard'. How very apt that you misspelled it. You did see the question, which obviously means I know I could be wrong, right?
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Re: Australian Save The Children social worker LAURA KNIGHT Dies in a Traffic Accident in Takeo, Cambodia

Post by angkorjohn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:36 pm

that genius wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:27 pm
violet wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:25 pm
that genius wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:17 pm
Ah, now i get it..that [Mod edit] Am I right?
Weren't pics of that woman posted? I may be remembering wrongly, but ithe one I am thinking of looked completely different, and I think was younger.


Condolences to all friends and families of those involved
Yeah, I was mistaken, thanks for replying rationally, but angkorjohn didn't miss the opportunity to go gaga on a post which explicitly stated I could be mistaken.
because it is a completely cretinous thing to say on a thread like this. You always have to put your two cents in regardless of what the subject is. Here we have 4 people die and all you can do is have your mind recall some other Australian lady who briefly volunteered at FI and join the dots as if it were the same person? your mind must be addled on an afternoons drinking. what was your point? that if it was that lady from FI it was ok or you just thought you'd denigrate the memory of a lady who by all accounts seems to have done a wonderful amount of good work in Cambodia?

What possessed you to even write what you did is beyond most people with any compassion. So sir I did not go "gaga" I called you out for your pathetic behavior. Now I am not going to debase this thread any more responding to your pathetic "witticisms" there is a time and a place for your comments. this is not it. good day
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