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Boy, 14, dead in stolen bike crash

Boy, 14, dead in stolen bike crash

PHUKET: A 14-year-old boy is dead and his 14-year-old boy friend is in hospital for cerebral haemorrhaging after a chase through Phuket Town resulted in the motorbike they were riding slamming into a car at Saphan Hin last night (Dec 27).

By Darawan Naknakhon

Wednesday 28 December 2016, 06:31PM

Police were alerted to the accident at 9:40pm.

When officers led by Lt Col Chalaew Taihu of the Phuket City Police and rescue workers arrived, the two boys were unconscious, with a yellow-green Honda Wave motorbike on the road nearby.

Also nearby was a white Toyota Vios with damage to its front-left wing.

At the scene, 19-year-old Kanut Damchaer told police that he was the owner of the green-yellow motorbike on that the two boys were riding.

“He explained that he reported to police this morning that his motorbike disappeared from his rented room near Rajabhat University Phuket last night,” Col Chalaew said.

“His friend later told him that they saw somebody riding his motorbike, so they went out looking for it. They later saw the boys riding on the motorbike and started chasing them, but the boys did not stop.

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“Then the boys crashed into the car,” Col Chalaew said.

Rescue workers rushed both boys to Vachira Phuket Hospital. One boy was later pronounced dead at the hospital; the other one remains under medical care for bleeding on the brain, Col Chalaew added.

The boy who survived the crash told police that he borrowed the motorbike from a friend and that he didn’t know that it was stolen, Col Chalaew said.

Police are continuing their investigation into the accident and into the claim that the two 14-year-olds did not know the motorbike had been stolen.

Additional reporting by Yutthawat Lekmak

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marcher | 03 January 2017 - 12:36:41

The police do not need checkpoints. They only have to stay outside a school and pick up masses of underage kids, but they cannot be bothered although in many cases they are already in attendance. So basically I am saying that the police are responsible for numerous     childrens deaths, together with the parents who let them ride. Apart fro having a ride or catching a bus there is one other altern...

Pauly44 | 30 December 2016 - 07:29:57

Capt B; majority DON'T wear helmets, speed & drive recklessly, it's also Thai law to hold a valid drivers license is it not?? Tell us all then how can a 12 year old be allowed to be driving a scooter on the road in the first place? Because there is no alternative, give me a break, that is just lazy.. and the old don't like it, leave chestnut is always the response.

Capt B | 29 December 2016 - 17:52:02

RE: Pauly44
Yes, a lot of these kids are around 12 years of age, & they wear a helmet as is required by Thai Law & their parents who don't want their children coming home with brain injuries. Every day they ride back & fourth to school like that.
I regret to inform you, but that is the way the Thai Economy works.
Too many buses already on the road in Phuket, so no more school bu...

Kurt | 29 December 2016 - 14:59:12

Poor kids. 
As we know, a human brain in Thailand suppose to be full grown at age of 26.
A thai boy of 14 years old not oversee the consequences of his doings.
That are his parents for, to teach them the yes/no doings.
But kids are kids, you can't control them 24 hours a day.
This became unfortunate and sad.

Pauly44 | 29 December 2016 - 10:28:29

Firstly I doubt my comment will make it live as my last few haven't! Thanks for the free medical lesson Capt B however please tell me of another country that allows kids to get away with riding scooters unlicensed, no helmet, speeding & weaving in and out of traffic on the roads, I see school kids on a daily basis and it is outrageous, police don't act and these kids will learn the har...

Capt B | 29 December 2016 - 09:09:46

Firstly, sincere condolences to both the "passed away" boy's family and the boy who is now in hospital with "bleeding on the brain" (Severe Traumatic Brain Injury) TBI.
Unfortunately, we all do stupid things when we are 14 years old.
In Vachira Hospital, they probably do not have a Hyperbaric Treatment Chamber, however, they do out the back of Phuket International Ho...

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