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Phuket ghost rider killed in head-on collision

PHUKET: A motorbike rider who was travelling in the wrong direction along Thepkrasattri Rd was killed early this morning (Sep 13) when he was involved in head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle.

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Tuesday 13 September 2016, 12:55PM


The badly damaged Mazda3 was 100 metres from the body of the deceased. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The badly damaged Mazda3 was 100 metres from the body of the deceased. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Lt Col Sanit Nookong from the Thalang Police responded to a 191 call where it was reported there had been an accident involving a car and motorbike in front of the Susco petrol station on Thepkrasattri Rd northbound in Baan Muang Mai. It was stated that the motorbike driver had been killed as a result of the accident.

Police arrived at the scene with Kusoldharm rescue workers and local volunteers to find the body of a man with a dismembered left leg.

The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was later named as 32-year-old Phuriwat Sukbanjong. His body was taken to Thalang Hospital.

Close to the body was a plateless Honda ZoomerX lying in the ditch, while 100 metres away was a badly damaged Mazda3.

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The Mazda driver, Piroon Aka, 44, told police that was coming from Thalang and heading to his home in Mai Khao.

“The area was dark and had no lights, suddenly I noticed a motorbike coming towards me and I lost control of my vehicle and collided head-on with the motorbike,” Mr Piroon said.

Mr Piroon was taken to Thalang Police Station to face questioning and police are making further investigations into the incident.

Police have yet to file any charges in the case, The Phuket News was told.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 15 September 2016 - 08:13:32

I agree Ed, the opposite direction driving is dangerous, but just another obstacle to be avoided. The maneuver I find more hazardous is the turning left into traffic without slowing or even looking, forcing traffic to swerve right or plow them over which is something I bet happens frequently. 

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Ed Sanders | 14 September 2016 - 11:45:29

I have no problems with this...possibly the most dangerous thing Thais do on a regular basis...turn right into oncoming traffic without hardly slowing down.  I don't understand how so many people here do not see this as a potentially fatal maneuver, although many might avoid death by having the cushion provided by the child on their lap.  A major reason that most people view this as standard practice is that there are absolutely no consequences for doing so...with the exception being an occasional death.  This is the result of no training and a worthless police force.

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Kurt | 13 September 2016 - 14:58:55

Well, ghost riders, karma, Buddha amulets.
Some day, some time it all doesn't work, when the area is dark and has no lights.
Lost of control vehicles is also common on Phuket.

There you go! Good to have a dash cam.
Saves you a lot of legal trouble when you collide with a ghost rider.
Your car insurance will take care of it 100%
You have to do nothing. 
No bla bla about compensation/mediation with RTP.

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