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Chinese tourist killed, woman injured as motorbike plunges off Phuket hill

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist was killed and his female passenger is in hospital with a head injury after the Honda 650F motorbike they were riding on plunged 25 metres off a hill in Kamala early this morning (June 21).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 21 June 2016, 12:30PM


Pol Lt Col Somnuek Damkaew of the Kamala Police was called to the scene, at Kwan Yak bend on the Kamala-Patong Rd, at 12:50am.

At the scene, police found the body of a 27-year-old man* from Shanghai lying face down next to the wall of an abandoned building with the wrecked Honda metres away.

Rescue workers had already rushed the man’s passenger, a 22-year-old woman* from Zhejiang, to Patong Hospital for a head injury, Col Somnuek said.

The man’s body was taken to Patong Hospital, he said, adding that the woman was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

It was also not reported whether any helmets were found at the scene.

“We theorise that the driver came from Kamala and was heading to Patong when he lost control of his vehicle at the bend and fell 25 metres off the road,” Col Somnuek said.

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“The motorbike slammed into the abandoned building, which left a big hole before landing on the ground, sending the driver and his passenger in different directions. The woman managed to clamber up the hill to the road and get help from a passing motorist,” he added.

The couple checked in at the Laimai Hotel in Patong last Friday (June 17) and were due to check out today (June 21), Col Somnuek explained.

“Since there were no witnesses to the accident, we have to wait for the injured victim to recover from her injury before we can question her about the incident,” he said.

“We have been told that the woman has undergone surgery and is now recovering in hospital,” he added.

 

* The names of the man and his female passenger are being withheld until it has been confirmed that the man’s next of kin have been notified.

 

 

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Michael K | 23 June 2016 - 20:23:16

Tourists must also hold a driver's licence (at least if we are being pulled over by the police) however they DO accept a non Thai licence. I believe that some of the responsibility is at the rental company. I mean - what in God's name are a chinese doing on a big bike ??    

Robin Lee | 21 June 2016 - 17:25:56

Thai citizens and local expatriates are fine for riding a bike without a license. Yet all tourists are allowed to ride bikes, without licenses. This is definitely wrong. A few months ago someone mentioned "to get tough" and ensure all tourists hiring a motor bike, especially a big bike MUST produce a valid license. I wonder how many more deaths will it takes before someone ...

simon01 | 21 June 2016 - 13:43:24

Why oh why did someone rent them a big bike. They as a rule cant walk safely and on scooters are a huge danger to themselves and all around them so what the hell were they doing on this bike. Its bad enough that people dont wear helmets especially the Thai on scooters. Big bikes should be full leathers, boots and gloves too. People like this do have themselves to blame sad as it is. But the people...

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