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Australian man, 37, dies after big bike crash in Phuket

PHUKET: An Australian man who crashed his big bike into a roadside traffic barrier in Kamala earlier today (Sept 17) has succumbed to his injuries The Phuket News has learned.

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Saturday 17 September 2016, 05:21PM


The man lost control of the bike causing his bike to hit the roadside traffic barrier. Photo: Kamala rescue workers
The man lost control of the bike causing his bike to hit the roadside traffic barrier. Photo: Kamala rescue workers

A staff member from Patong Hospital, who declined to be named, confirmed that the 37-year-old man (name withheld until his family have been notified) succumbed to his injuries whilst in the hospital’s emergency room.

Capt Prasert Thongprom of the Kamala Police was called to respond to an accident near Baan Kamala Muslim Cemetery (Kubo Mutsaam) at 12:40pm today. It was reported that a big bike rider had lost control of his bike and crashed into a roadside traffic barrier.

Upon arrival at the scene, police found a wrecked red plate Honda big bike leaning against a traffic barrier, scrapes were clearly visible along the barrier. Police said they found no helmet at the scene.

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Police Capt Prasert said, “Witnesses to the accident said that the big bike was coming from the direction of Patong and heading to Leam Sing at high speed. The rider missed the bend and slammed into the barrier causing him to fly from the bike and land on a path running along the outside of the cemetery wall.” (See story here.)

The Australian Consulate-General in Phuket has been notified.

 

 

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Dee Jay | 21 September 2016 - 00:19:03

Thanks for your advice & comments Joe 12 & Rorii. More information has been received and are getting assistance from the Australian Consulate-General.   

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Kurt | 20 September 2016 - 13:05:42

Sorry Rorii, that Joe12 sent a reaction to me which was actually ment for you. ("but there are no dangerous roads")
Beside of that, I agree with you.

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Rorii | 20 September 2016 - 11:37:07

Joe12, the road is only dangerous if you do not drive in a safe manner, i.e. taking in weather and ROAD conditions, it matters NOT if anyone was there, the simple fact is, too fast for the bend.

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swerv | 20 September 2016 - 07:41:17

Kurt: I always feel funny when some people than with crocodile tears pull the story in a kind of 'respect/mourning' session.
What is there to respect if a person due to his own action goes this way?

Whether he was at fault or not RESPECT is for a human being. I find your remark tasteless and disrespectful.

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Joe12 | 19 September 2016 - 22:39:17

Kurt..."but there are NO dangerous roads".. ok, what's this then? http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-residents-fed-up-with-inaction-sandbag-dangerous-road-58960.php#jO3cS7sRFp1datms.97

As Dee jay has stated "No details have been officially been released."

But, gotta love all these disrespectful idiots who were never there, but know everything. Even g2x3k believes they describe the wrong bike. But, minor factual errors doesn't deter a good armchair conspiracy theorist. 

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Belgianboy | 19 September 2016 - 19:21:42

To all who have lost a friend or loved one... The real idiot is the one driving a big engine bike without wearing proper safety gear. Big bike and no helmet!!!! Come-on people... Thhe lack of respect is ignoring the consequences of your own vulnerability, exposing yourself and others to unnecessary danger and the blatant lack of judgement. Respect your life and that of others around you, respect the people who care for you. If you are a friend tell a friend to wear a helmet! What a stupid way to go... Don't dress for the ride, dress for the slide... Saved many lives and mine as well. Big bike rider myself and it enrages me to see people acting so carelessly by riding without helmet. It needs only to be one time going wrong and then regret for the rest of your life. It is bound to happen. Margin of error on big bikes is very very small... No experience, bad roads of Phuket, deadly traffic and a powerful machine you hardly know... Killer cocktail. THERE IS NOTHING COOL ABOUT DRIVING WITHOUT HELMET!!!! Wish that Phuket police would enforce it more diligently... But we are all responsible for our own actions. 

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Rorii | 19 September 2016 - 16:56:42

Not wanting to take sides, but there are NO dangerous roads, only people who drive dangerously, too fast for their guardian angle, in this case witness' say travelling at HIGH speed, this is not the road/bends fault.

Dee Jay, you should know the type of comments, to expect, from these sites, I suggest you do NOT read them, it's no good complaining if you do. Whether Thai, or foreigner, these comments are valid.

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Kurt | 19 September 2016 - 14:55:12

Yes, Ed Sanders, I agree with you.
When a person is driving a motorbike without helmet at high speed, hit the traffic barrier and is flying over the barrier and found meters away down ( catapulted) near that cemetery wall ( photos in other newspapers) than other road users are lucky not to be involved/hurt.

I always feel funny when some people than with crocodile tears pull the story in a kind of 'respect/mourning' session.
What is there to respect if a person due to his own action goes this way?
Bad luck.
Yes, feel sorry for family.

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Joe12 | 19 September 2016 - 13:34:54

Dee Jay...wholeheartedly agree with you. 

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Ed Sanders | 19 September 2016 - 12:40:05

Sorry to ruffle your feathers DeeJay, and I due feel for the friends and relatives in mourning, but that is all.  I hold true on my opinion, as it is no secret that this place is nothing but dangerous, yet time and time again there are fools that still maintain this "ain't gonna happen to me" attitude.  Not only do these fools risk their own lives, but the lives of everyone else on the road...and for what???

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