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Tributes flow Phuket’s Sophie Anderson

PHUKET: Tributes and expressions of condolences and grief have poured online for British mum Sophie Emma Rose Anderson, who died in a horrific traffic accident in central Phuket on Monday (May 8).

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Wednesday 10 May 2017, 07:34PM


Tributes and messages of condolences and grief have flowed online following the tragic death of Sophie Anderson (pictured) in Phuket on Monday (May 8). Image: Sophie’s Joy / YouTube
Tributes and messages of condolences and grief have flowed online following the tragic death of Sophie Anderson (pictured) in Phuket on Monday (May 8). Image: Sophie’s Joy / YouTube

Ms Anderson, who was six months pregnant, was riding pillion on a motorbike when she spilled onto Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang and was crushed by an 18-wheeled truck. (See story here.)

Her long-term partner, Danny Glass from Margate in Kent, England, posted a video on YouTube as part of his initial steps in overcoming his devastating grief.

“She was the world to me,” he said. “I miss her so much… It’s like, is this a dream? Somebody wake me up from this nightmare.”

Mr Glass described Ms Anderson, from Blackpool, England, as his “twin flame”. “(She) understood me the most… I never had someone that understood me so much,” he said.

Adding to the heartbreak was the responsibility of breaking the news to Ms Anderson’s five-year-old son, Shaye, who lived with them in Phuket.

“The person I feel sorry for the most is her little boy, Shaye, who’s five years old and I had to explain to him that his mum was dead and that she isn’t coming back,” Mr Glass said.

“He doesn’t understand that she’s dead, but it’s also a lot for a five-year-old to understand, so it’s going to be a process for him. I feel very sorry for him.

“I contacted his dad who now lives in Bangkok and he did come last night and he’s now looking after Shaye. He will go back with his dad to Bangkok and live there with him, so at least he's got his dad,” he cried.

In clarifying how the accident happened, Mr Glass explained, “We were on a scooter and on quite a big road with multiple lanes, and we driving straight forward – and I want to clarify this because I’ve read like this loads of newspaper reports and people saying that literally I went to overtake a parked car, which is complete misinformation.

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“I was driving straight forward – I didn’t go around a parked car – and literally I went to brake because a car all of a sudden braked in front of me.

“The bike slid, like wobbled. I tried to stabilise it, but I wasn’t been able to. It’s two people on a scooter, it’s a very difficult thing to do – and the bike slid to the right side.”

After quickly picking himself up off the road, Mr Glass turned around to witness the horrific image of the truck running over Ms Anderson.

“All I keep seeing is that image keep going through my head over and over and over and over and over – it just won’t stop,” he weeped.

The driver of the truck, who initially fled the scene, soon surrendered himself to police. Police identified him as Nattawoot Kimchue, 30, from Thai Muang in Phang Nga Province, north of Phuket.

Lt Col Sanit Nookong of the Thalang Police reconfirmed to The Phuket News today that his officers still had yet to determine whether any charges should be pressed over the accident.

In his video, Mr Glass thanked people for their support – and called for continuing support in helping him come to terms with the loss.

He added that he was receiving counselling from two professionals on the island.

Mr Glass, himself, is a psychology graduate and a detox and wellness professional. As part of his work, he runs the Sun Fruit Dan channel on YouTube. Messages of condolences and support can be posted there. (Click here.)

 

 

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malczx7r | 12 May 2017 - 09:28:33

Captain Jack69, some great advice there, you are obviously a biker too, also would like to add, after a short rain shower, all chemicals, diesel, oil, petrol e.t.c will be brought to the surface of the road making them greasy and slippery especially at junctions, traffic lights where cars are stationary and depositing leaking fluids, so when braking, apply the brakes a little before you want to stop so you are using only light braking at the point where you are about to stop, less chance of skidding! Also when it's raining avoid braking on white lines and metal grates as again these are slippery.  Scooter tyres aren't as good as big bikes or good car tyres for grip as well.

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CaptainJack69 | 11 May 2017 - 13:50:53

Thailand's roads are statistically the second most deadly in the world (IN THE WORLD) and most fatalities here involve motorbikes. In fact it can be said this this is THE most dangerous country in which to ride one.

PLEASE be careful. Only travel by motorbike if you absolutely have to, and make sure whoever is driving is experienced and capable enough, especially if you plan on sharing a bike with someone else.

Don't assume anything is OK because you see the locals doing it. They've been riding these machines all their lives and STILL die in droves everyday.

If you're a westerner then you might weigh as much as 2 Asians, so if you're sharing a motorbike you might be 4 times as heavy as 2 locals making your bike much more difficult to control and virtually impossible to recover if it starts to topple.

Be sensible. stay left where possible. Try to move at the same speed as the other traffic on the road. Don't move left or right before checking in your mirrors, looking over your shoulder, and indicating. Expect the unexpected from other road users and be prepared to slow down and stop at any time. If in doubt, indicate left, slow down and stop.

Please, Thailand gets enough negative publicity in the international press, don't let the next horror story be about you.

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