Exchange student dies in bike-truck accident

PoliceA cultural exchange student from Thailand, who had been in Florida for less than two weeks, died when the bicycle she was riding was struck by a pickup truck March 27 in Destin.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department reports 20-year-old Parichat Chatmas was attempting to cross Highway 98 at around 7 a.m. when she was hit by a man driving an F-150 pickup. Investigators say she was riding her bicycle to work at a McDonald’s in south Walton County when the accident happened.

The accident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

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