The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Drunken state blamed for British woman’s fatal fall from Phuket tuk-tuk

PHUKET: The man who was travelling in the back of the tuk-tuk with British tourist Elizabeth Corrigan when she fell and fatally struck her head on the road in Kamala early last Sunday morning says she was drunk, slipped and fell.

accidents, alcohol, tourism, transport, police, death, patong,

Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 23 December 2015, 07:49PM

Ms Corrigan died after she fell from the back of the tuk-tuk.
Ms Corrigan died after she fell from the back of the tuk-tuk.

Ms Corrigan, 29, fell from a tuk-tuk while en route from Patong to Surin at about 3:30am. Rescue workers recovered Ms Corrigan from the road near the Muslim cemetery in Kamala and rushed her to Patong Hospital.

From there she was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital, the main government hospital on the island, in Phuket Town, where she was pronounced dead. (See story here.)

According to a police statement by Ms Corrigan’s male companion in the tuk-tuk at the time of her fall, named by police as Paul Henry Fortuna, 30, Ms Corrgian was very drunk and fell accidentally.

“We took Mr Fortuna’s statement on Monday,” Kamala Police Chief Col ML Pattanajak Jakkapan told The Phuket News today.

“We had to wait as he was very drunk on Sunday morning, and even on Sunday evening he still tested positive for alcohol,” he said.

Mr Fortuna explained to police that he and Ms Corrigan had spent a night on the town, drinking in Patong, before heading back to their hotel in Surin early Sunday morning, said Col ML Pattanajak.

“Mr Fortuna said that during the journey in the tuk-tuk, Ms Corrigan was about to be sick and moved to the entryway at the back of the vehicle,” he explained.

cachet resort dewa phuket

“That’s when she fell. Mr Fortuna said he reached out to grab her, but missed. He shouted for the tuk-tuk driver to stop immediately, which the driver did.

“Ms Corrigan was unconscious on the road and they were unable to rouse her, so the tuk-tuk driver called for local rescue workers to help,” Col ML Pattanajak added.

The first-responders soon arrived and rushed Ms Corrigan to Patong Hospital. From there, she was rushed to Vachira.

The tuk-tuk driver, Yongyut Damkong, 44, tested negative for alcohol immediately after the accident.

“But we have yet to conclude our investigation,” Col ML Pattanajak said. “We are still checking for any CCTV that might aid our investigation, and hopefully determine what happened including what the driver and Mr Sortuna was doing at the time of the incident.

“It is too early for us to deduce any conclusions. We are still waiting for the Land Transport Dpartment to confirm that the tuk-tuk is legal, and roadworthy.”



The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
   => Forget password?

jogi | 19 January 2016 - 12:35:40

@ yvonne i know a woman with name Yvonne and was so worry that she is you
thanks god she isn't. 

The Phuket News

Fritz Pinguin | 19 January 2016 - 09:31:34

yvonne must be proud of her CAPS lock key. There is no reason to SHOUT on the net.

The Phuket News

Foot | 25 December 2015 - 07:48:09

It sounds like they were going up Kamala hill.  Since she was apparently drunk, it's not hard to imagine her falling out the back, especially if the tuk-tuk driver down shifted to try to maintain momentum.

The Phuket News

Richard Vickers | 24 December 2015 - 22:24:05

Sure, the drunken state of this unfortunate woman played a HUGE factor in her demise. However, rear-entry tuktuks ARE ILLEGAL!, and this is exactly why. If the law would have been followed and upheld, this poor woman would be alive with little more than a hangover.  I hope this poor woman's family hires a heavy hitting attorney and sues the pants off of the Thai Motor Transport Department for ...

The Phuket News

yvonne | 24 December 2015 - 02:07:35

There are thousands of DRUNK Farangs in Phuket every SEASON and MANY of them with drinks SPIKED!!! in Bars and SOME WORKING Criminals in Bars  even WORKING  with TUK TUKS. THAT IS A FACT ! that Government and TAT has to work out To  ELININATE. Even elderly Guests of ours have had drinks "SPIKED"!protect Driver of Tuk tuks etc, put u a gate at the and a BAG for vomitting like the Airlines...

The Phuket News
Matches 5 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments

Rawai Mayor promises action against untreated wastewater releasers

The polluters are all the toilets that are not connected to a sewage treatment system. The criminals are the building officials who allow such toilet...(Read More)

Russian tourists injured as Phuket tour bus crashes in Krabi

Regardless of the excuses it's called failure to control. Tired of this stuff and innocents being hurt by negligence and inability. "What Is ...(Read More)

Interpol’s red notice for Red Bull heir ‘still in force’

Kritsana Pattanacharoen is a liar, and a disgrace to Thailand....(Read More)

Phuket underpass-jacknife truck driver charged

He jacknifed the lorry because he had no control after he had stamped on the brakes, which I could hear and see. So for him to blame me he's tal...(Read More)

Phuket underpass-jacknife truck driver charged

Just to refer to the above incident. I was driving in the car in front of the lorry. I was approximately 50 metres in front of the lorry. I was driv...(Read More)

Rawai Mayor promises action against untreated wastewater releasers

You can smell it in the gutter running alongside inside the makro area also....(Read More)

Driver injured after rear-ending parked bus in Phuket

So, after learning all of that, what then?...(Read More)

Russian tourists injured as Phuket tour bus crashes in Krabi

Try interviewing the 36 passengers that were on board....(Read More)

Interpol’s red notice for Red Bull heir ‘still in force’

Ahhh- with Inspektor K on the case we should have him in custody by the end of the weekend. is there no end to his abilities?...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Weird World
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.