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Ghost rider killed in a head on collision in Phuket

PHUKET: An 62-year-old Phuket motorcyclist died at the scene after he was struck by a car driven by a British woman on Thepkrasattri Rd.

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Saturday 1 April 2017, 10:50AM


At 9:05 pm yesterday (Mar 31), Lt Col Sunan Petchnoo of Thalang Police received information of a fatal road accident in front of Shell petrol station on Phuket's main highway Thepkrasattri Rd.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene with to find a Toyota Vios saloon with heavily damaged front and a wrecked Honda Dream motorbike pushed against the gate of Shell station.

The rider of the motorbike, named by police as Mr Pongsak Sripheuk, 62, was lying dead on the side of the road. The driver of the Vios saloon, Ms Jayne Pauline Watt, 31, from Glasgow, UK sustained minor injuries and was taken to Thalang Hospital to undergo physical examination.

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Ms Watt told police that she was driving south along Thepkrasattri Rd. to her home in Cherngtalay and didn't see Mr Sripheuk coming down the opposite direction on the roadside.

Having questioned Ms Watt and witnesses around the scene Lt Col Petchnoo confirmed that the motorcyclist was driving in the oncoming lane (known locally as ghost driving) but didn't comment on whether Ms Watt will face any charges. 

 

 

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Pauly44 | 04 April 2017 - 06:46:30

A dash cam would put any doubt to rest, give your lawyer 2 legs to stand on & they wouldn't have any reason to pursue their "investigation", the game is to "scare" you into paying i.e This is Thailand farang driving car kill Thai mean you have to pay as you are in Thailand, if you don't pay you could go to jail etc. etc. But if you have documented evidence they stand to lose face.

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Kurt | 03 April 2017 - 16:42:51

If the police is going to charge Ms Watt, than the police is law enforcement wise 'ghost riding'. Hahaha.

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malczx7r | 03 April 2017 - 13:24:58

Pauly44
I'm sure you are right about the money and the fact it's nothing to do with right or wrong, which in turn leads me to why a dash camera would be helpful? 
It's blindingly obvious to everyone that going against the flow of traffic is wrong, it's even a law here, (never enforced) it's just another baffling mystery of what goes through Thai peoples minds!

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Pauly44 | 03 April 2017 - 12:01:24

Inconsequential, this poor lady was in the wrong place at the wrong time, in their eyes it's nothing to do with right or wrong, rather as an "opportunity" to expolit and profit from a Thai death involving a farang, the family are most probably pushing for compensation and the RTP will want their cut, dashcam anyone?

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malczx7r | 03 April 2017 - 10:00:51

Kurt, exactly, the car didn't hit the bike, the bike hit the car, she was driving in the correct direction, he was driving the wrong way and struck her,m when will these idiots be prosecuted, when will RTP ever do their job??

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Kurt | 02 April 2017 - 15:35:20

How terrible bad you will feel for the rest of your life 'killing' a ghost rider while you yourself always drive careful according the thai traffic laws.

Hello, It was not the ghost rider struck by a car! It was the other way around.
The car was struck by a ghost rider, yes? That is what ghost riders do!
Ms Watt could have been killed due to driving ghost rider.

And reaction of TRP in this case?:.."we don't know yet or we will charge ms Watt!"
Is this not again the police world ups and down? Hello! A ghost rider!!
The insurance of the ghost rider should pay all material damages done to ms Watt.
The emotional damage, ms Watt has to live her further life with it. Poor lady.

I see police officers out there, with under their eyes 'ghost riders'.
Doing nothing, not stop them, not enforce traffic laws.

It is about time RTP Phuket starts to enforce traffic laws about ghost riding.
It is about time to inform Phuket thai people in thai language publications/tv commercials in their free thai tv channels that ghost riding has to stop.
Anyway, it mostly kills the ghost rider, yes? They should think about their family.

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Discover Thainess | 01 April 2017 - 16:26:54

How can the car driver possibly face any charges, the motorbike rider was clearly driving the wrong way !!??

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Sam hayman | 01 April 2017 - 14:31:02

I'm sure the police will find some way to charge her or extract money from her some how.

NO way a faring gets away with killing a Thai without paying the price regardless if he was in the wrong and it was a unavoidable accident.

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BenPendejo | 01 April 2017 - 13:25:06

Ghost riding has got to be the most dangerous, lawless and reckless action done by Thais all day, every day...all over the island.  Oh...did I mention that it also ignorant???  But yeah...let's just keep the focus on farangs with no license, and ignore the fact that police are worthless.

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Rorii | 01 April 2017 - 11:25:08

Ghost riding, well, now he is a ghost, sorry, but can't feel sorry for these idiots.

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