The man known to many as “Rick the Baker” was killed
by a hit-and-run driver as he was driving home on his motorbike on
Rick Odgers, owner of Rick’s Bakery in East Pattaya,
died instantly when his Yamaha Nouvo was hit by a black Toyota Vios
pickup truck after midnight Feb. 22. The driver fled the scene near the
intersection of Sukhumvit Soi 61, but a police officer driving ahead of
the accident may also have been involved in the accident.
Friends and customers of the popular baker, whose
bread could be found on restaurant tables and supermarket shelves around
the city, expressed shock and outrage on the many Pattaya-related
message forums, all offering their condolences to his wife, Tik. Odgers
was also a member of the Pattaya Sports Club.
Pattaya traffic police commander Sen. Sgt. Maj.
Akhadet Phetkla said he was driving home when he felt something hit his
rear bumper. He stopped his Honda Civic to see the accident behind him
as well as the black truck that hit Odgers escape.
Police planned to review closed-circuit camera
footage in hopes of identifying and arresting the driver.