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Expat, 73, escapes serious injury in motorbike collision

Expat, 73, escapes serious injury in motorbike collision

PHUKET: A 73-year-old expat on a motorbike escaped serious injury after he pulled out across oncoming vehicles on Wiset Rd in Rawai this morning (May 23) and was struck by a motorbike.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 23 May 2023, 05:51PM

The rider of the other motorbike, despite flying through the air and landing on the road, also escaped with only minor injuries.

Pol Maj Rajan Donkandet of the Chalong Police was notified of the accident, in front of Soi Salika, at about 9:35am.

Traffic Police rushed to the scene to find two motorcycles in the middle of the road. Both had sustained heavy damage in the collision.

Police named the expat as Georgie Simianov Georgiyev, 73, from his Thai driver’s licence. Police did not confirm his nationality.

The other rider was identified as Kittisak Buayai, 31.

After questioning witnesses and viewing CCTV footage of the collision (see video here), police explained that Mr Kittisak was riding northbound when Mr Georgiyev pulled out from a sidestreet.

Mr Georgiyev was heading towards the U-turn area in the centre of the road. However, as he did so, he cut across in front of Mr Kittisak approaching on his motorbike.

The resulting impact sent Mr Kittisak flying through the air and landing heavily on the road. Mr Kittisak, wearing a full-face Helmet, appeared to suffer little to no injuries at all.

Mr Kittisak’s motorbike struck the rear section of the motorbike ridden by Mr Georgiyev, who suffered only minor injuries from landing on the road at slow speed. His motorbike ended up metres away in the lanes heading in the opposite direction.

Both riders and the remains of their motorbikes were taken to Chalong Police Station to resolve the issue and agree on damages to be paid, Chalong Police reported.

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christysweet | 24 May 2023 - 10:54:35

My first 13 years on a scooter was in Key West, Florida and  never wore a helmet- perfectly legal. When I got here  and realized the carnage, I got a full face helmet and it took quite a bit of getting used to the   noise and peripheral vision reduction. Be careful out there folks,  takes two mistakes for an accident, don't make the first one. 

JohnC | 24 May 2023 - 09:08:42

Thais and moron tourists take note. [He flew through the air and landed heavily on the road but suffered no injuries.] Amazing what a good helmet can do when you bother actually wearing them. Try it, it may save your lives...

Kurt | 24 May 2023 - 00:35:12

Ho-ho RTP, not so fast! If it's no one's fault, just a case of bad luck, why the RTP involves herself further in 'resolving'? Is that not the job of the vehicle insurances? Oh wait, payment agreement is done under supervision of Chalong RTP financial 'experienced' officers. That explanes.

Capricornball | 23 May 2023 - 18:12:55

Amazing how CCTV footage is instantly available when there's just two nobodys involved.  I guess one of the benefits of having lots of money is that CCTV cameras can often fail on demand for you... or can accidently be erased if the price is right. And boy-oh-boy...with that name, it must be very hard to determine what nationality the farang was (555).


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