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Double hit-and-run leaves one dead, one injured in Phuket

PHUKET: Police are currently investigating a hit-and-run incident in Srisoonthorn early this morning (Sept 27) which involved two vehicles and left one man dead and a second injured.

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Tuesday 27 September 2016, 11:44AM

Rescue workers attend to one of the injured men at the scene of the accident in Srisoonthorn. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Rescue workers attend to one of the injured men at the scene of the accident in Srisoonthorn. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Thalang Police Capt Chatree Choowichien received a call from a local resident at 1:15am today where it was stated that there has been a hit-and-run accident on Thepkrassattri Rd southbound in Srisoonthorn which had left two people injured.

Police arrived at the scene with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find a wrecked Honda motorbike and its rider and passenger lying on the road.

The rider, Mr Sirichai Witsuma, 20, had suffered scrapes all over his body, while his passenger, Mr Noppadon Yaprachan, 19, was lying unconscious on the road. No helmets were said to have been found at the scene.

Rescue workers administered CPR to Mr Noppadon but he did not respond. Both Mr Sirichai and Mr Noppadon were taken to Thalang Hospital where the latter was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Mr Sirichai told police that they were heading towards Phuket Town when an 18-wheel truck heading in the same direction collided into them and caused them to crash.

The impact also caused his passenger to bounce off the motorbike and land in the middle of the road, he was then struck by another passing vehicle.

Neither the truck nor the second vehicle attempted to stop following the incident.

Capt Chatree said, “The 18-wheeler and the car kept going after the accident.

“Mr Sirichai said and he did not remember the colour or make of either vehicle because it was dark and everything happened so fast. However, we are checking to see if there are any witnesses to the incident, we will also check CCTV along this route to find the drivers of the two runaway vehicles,” he said.



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Christy Sweet | 02 October 2016 - 08:52:08

malczx7r,  It's all about how to spend resources for the public's greater good. Spend 1 million baht on cameras to catch helmetless riders, or catch that van going 60 kph over the speed limit and give the driver a meaningful punishment? Which really prevents you or your family from getting hurt? And which does nothing?

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Sue Yu2 | 02 October 2016 - 00:17:04

What you say's true Kurt. If kids learn at a young age they can be affected in the right way - to take care when they do learn to drive. Sometimes it takes a shock to the system to get people to understand the hurt that can be caused by accidents.

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Kurt | 01 October 2016 - 16:59:02

malczx7r.  I guess you mean to say,.. get thai school boys and girls go to Phuket hospitals to see the effect of head injuries. Right? 
I am sure  Christy Sweet, me, and others commenting here, don't need that education part anymore.
It are the thai kids you have to direct too. perhaps with iphone videos shown in schools?

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malczx7r | 01 October 2016 - 13:12:27

Christy Sweet, go to a hospital and see the effect of head injuries to motorcyclists before you say it has no affect on safety, as for a nice little earner, it would be if the police actually did their job of enforcing it!

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Christy Sweet | 01 October 2016 - 08:44:28

MrLion, I agree with you.  Harassing the lower income motorcyclists is a good way to pander to the fascist controlling tendencies of the public, but really has no effect on overall safety. It's a good little earner.

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MrLion | 30 September 2016 - 10:49:38

Well, its their problem if they crash and die because they didn't wear a helmet. I would rather concentrate on punishing people who are a danger to the others. Just this morning again (and almost everytime I go on the road) I saw a van who was driving like a crazy person and was a real danger to the motorbikes next to it. I don't understand how some people can put the life of innocent people at risk by driving like idiots. Those people should be locked up. 

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slippery snake | 27 September 2016 - 14:02:41

Something a little different,, I just read in the local paper that they will have 5 cameras going soon that will take photos of people on bikes not wearing helmets,,,, great idea, but then they say they will put up signs to tell people that they are coming into an area where they will be enforcing the law,,  Why ?? shouldn't this law be enforced all over Phuket ?   I have seen guys on a bike and when he gets near a police box he grabs his helmet and puts it on, 
(unbuckled so it's a waste of time ) then as soon as he has passed the police, he throws the helmet back in the basket....  this is what will happen at these cameras sites, when they are warned they will be caught...   The cameras will be a waste of money !!! 

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