Prince Ranariddh injured in car accident, wife killed

June 18, 2018  

Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh was seriously injured, and his wife killed, in a car crash today  in the southwestern coastal city of Sihanoukville, Reuters reported.
Ranariddh’s sports utility vehicle was hit head on by a taxi driving in the opposite direction, said Chuon Narin, police chief of the province of Preah Sihanouk.
“The prince was taken in a helicopter for an emergency rescue in Phnom Penh,” Chuon Narin told Reuters. “He is seriously injured but he will be fine.”
Ranariddh’s wife, Ouk Phalla, 39, an exponent of traditional dance, died in a hospital in Preah Sihanouk, Chuon Narin said, adding that both SUVs involved in the crash had been speeding.
The son of the influential late monarch Norodom Sihanouk and half-brother of the current King Norodom Sihamoni, Ranariddh, 73, has had a turbulent political career.
He returned to politics in 2015 to lead the royalist Funcinpec party that ditched him years ago.
In 1997, he was overthrown as co-prime minister in a bloody coup and since his return to politics, had vowed to work with former rival and long-serving prime minister Hun Sen.
Photo : This photo taken on June 3, 2012 shows Prince Norodom Ranariddh (L) and his wife Ouk Phalla (R) after casting their votes at a polling station in Phnom Penh. A Cambodian prince and former prime minister was injured and his wife killed in a head-on collision on a highway in the country’s southwest on June 17, 2018, officials said.