Lt Col Sanit Nookong of the Thalang Police was notified of the accident at 10:50pm.
Police arrived with Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the scene, in front of the PTT petrol station in Baan Muang Mai, to find a group of emotional Chinese tourists gathered around the body of Shengbin Lu, 54, lying on the road.
Among the group was Mr Lu's wife and two children.
About 80 metres from Mr Lu’s body was collected from the road was a damaged Volvo sedan with a shattered windscreen and traces of blood across the front. Standing by was the driver, Pallop Joojinda, 44.
Mr Lu, unresponsive, was taken to Thalang Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.
The tour bus was transporting 19 Chinese tourists from Patong to Krabi International Airport so they could their return flight home at 3:30am, Col Sanit said.
“The bus stopped opposite the petrol station so passengers could use the rest rooms and convenience store there,” he explained.
“We were told that a group of tourists ran across the road and Mr Lu was following them when the Volvo struck him. Mr Lu struck the windscreen before falling onto the road,” Col Sanit said.
“No charges have been filed as we have yet to conclude our questioning of the Volvo driver and everyone at the scene at the time,” he said.