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Man, 20, dies as sports bike slams head-on into pickup at high speed

PHUKET: A 20-year-old man died yesterday afternoon after his 1,000cc sport motorbike slammed head-on into a pickup truck at high speed in Chalong.

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Tuesday 23 May 2017, 08:52AM


The motorbike rider, 20-year-old Chalermchart Podok, died at the scene from the impact. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The motorbike rider, 20-year-old Chalermchart Podok, died at the scene from the impact. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Wichit Police were notified of the accident at about 3pm.

Police arrived to find rescue workers from the Ruamjai Kupai foundation already at the scene, near the Phuket Animal Rescue Foundation on Kwang Rd, reported Lt Col Narong Muangduong of the Wichit Police.

In the middle of the road was an Isuzu D-Max pickup truck with a heavily damaged front end. On the ground in front of it was an obliterated Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R sport bike.

Dead at the scene was the motorbike rider, 20-year-old Chalermchart Podok, dressed in black jeans and a T-shirt.

A helmet was found at the scene.

Standing with rescue workers waiting for the police was the driver of the pickup, Kittiphiiboon Supa, 59.

“Mr Kittiphiiboon said that he was pulling out from the side of the road to head towards Chao Fa West Rd when the motorbike slammed into the front of his pickup at high speed,” Col narong said.

Police said they had yet to confirm Mr Kittiphiboon’s version of events with CCTV cameras in the area.

Mr Kittiphiboon was taken to Wichit Police Station for further questioning, where Col Narong said he still faces the possibility of being charged with reckless driving causing death.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 24 May 2017 - 14:33:30

Captain Jack I see no videos at all on PAWS FB page 

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CaptainJack69 | 23 May 2017 - 20:39:31

There's video of this one on FaceBook from the CCTV at "Phuket Animal Welfare Society" (a great vets' by the way).  Bike was easily doing 100kph, pick-up was turning across the entire width of the road (4 lanes).

This stretch of road is dead straight and always busy.

Long story short they were both at fault here, the bike was going too fast, the pick-up was u-turning irresponsibly.

Tragically in this case one party is dead, so the other needs to accept responsibility for that.

Wait, what am I talking about? A Thai accept responsibility and admit being wrong? That'll be the day.

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Christy Sweet | 23 May 2017 - 19:53:30

Almost all accidents - of any kind, really - are a result of two or more mistakes by the involved parties. In Thailand's notorious vehicular stats,  driving too fast is usually involved which is the sort of mistake that should be the hardest to make- if policing were adequate. It is not.

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Pauly44 | 23 May 2017 - 18:15:29

Where are Eagle & Jor 12 comments defending Thainess here?? Utter lunacy.

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Jor12 | 23 May 2017 - 16:21:36

malczx7r...absolute rubbish. Causes of motor accidents are multi-faceted. Just read the "comments" of the experts on here and you will get my point.

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malczx7r | 23 May 2017 - 15:27:30

Discover Thainess.  The real problem is the lack of road law enforcement which allows the Thais to drive however they like with complete disregard for anyone else, most have virtually no idea how to drive properly, had a minivan try to overtake me on the brow of a hill approaching a bend last week, complete madness!!

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Kurt | 23 May 2017 - 12:35:39

It looks like the pickup truck, after pulling out from the side of the road did cross the 2 yellow lines and got herself in a ghost rider position.
Is that correct?
Plus the high speed of the motorbike. And there you have a unfortunate accident.

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RogerFox | 23 May 2017 - 12:28:45

My, my - that pickup do look like it's on the wrong side of that there double-yellow, don't it?

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Discover Thainess | 23 May 2017 - 11:46:40

Unfortunately "motorcycle blindness" is a phenomenon the world over, and was really only recognized in the U.K. after a massive government campaign to "think bike!"

Would be great if the thai government used some of its funds to start a campaign on TV and social media (maybe during the evening TV Soaps ad breaks to really push home the safety messages around driving and riding: no drink or drugs, helmet use, follow traffic rules etc. the messages are out there, they have ready access to the media of TV, Facebook, Line etc. I really can't understand why this has not yet happened.

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simon01 | 23 May 2017 - 09:12:27

Same old story. Crazy speed on the bike and not giving an f driving by the pick up. This is 1,000 an hour story in Phuket. its a miricle that there are not more deaths. The roads in phuket are a lawless place with crazy speeds and so many people with no clue how to drive cars or bikes and no one to stop them. That along with the road rage and aggressiveness of the Tuk Tuks and mini buses makes the Phuket roads at times more like something from a Mad Max movie or the death Race movies.

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