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Indian tourist killed, another injured in Phuket motorbike accident

Indian tourist killed, another injured in Phuket motorbike accident

PHUKET: An Indian woman died and her male companion was injured in a motorbike accident on the coastal road at the northern end of Kalim Bay, north of Patong, last night (Oct 9).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 10 October 2019, 04:03PM


The accident occurred on the wet slippery coastal road at the northern end of Kalim Bay last night (Oct 9). Photo: Kamala Police

The accident occurred on the wet slippery coastal road at the northern end of Kalim Bay last night (Oct 9). Photo: Kamala Police

Lt Col Somnuek Damkaew of the Kamala Police was called to the scene, on a curve along the Patong-Kamala Rd, at 8:20pm.

When police arrived, two injured Indian tourists were still pinned under a black Phuket-registered Chevrolet Captiva stopped on the northbound side of road, Col Somnuek noted in his report.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 23-year-old Phuket native Worachat Thapachetri, was waiting at the scene.

Col Somnuek identified the Indian tourists as Nitish Mishra, 27, from Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh, and Ms Pragya Paliwal, 29, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Rescue workers soon arrived and recovered both tourists from under the car and rushed them to Patong Hospital. However, Ms Paliwal was pronounced dead on arrival.

Col Somnuek reported that police were told by witnesses at the scene that Mr Mishra was driving the motorbike with Ms Paliwal riding as passenger from Kamala Beach. The two were travelling southbound to the hotel where they were staying in Patong.

It was raining at the time, and Mr Mishra lost control of the motorbike on the slippery road, sending the two tourist sliding across the road into the path of the oncoming car.

Col Somnuek’s report made no mention of whether the tourists were wearing helmets, or of the extent of Mr Mishra’s injuries.

The report also made no mention of whether any charges would be pressed over the accident.

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Kurt | 12 October 2019 - 19:32:03

Galong,  does it need a foreigner to be a Good Samaritan to contribute a bit in effort to change thai cold thinking about First Aid providing at the road to victims? This is not about 'authority', but about compassion with fellow human in a civilised society. Oh, what is FYI standing for?

Kurt | 12 October 2019 - 19:22:50

Galong, I am more than willing to explain to you that in most 4.0 countries you can expect criminal charges if you as a by-passer or a involved person not provide first aid as much is possible to what you are able too. What person you are?Referring to thai laws, most thai actually not care about them in daily practise. Your explanation is perfectly saying what is wrong in Thai thinking.

Rorri_2 | 12 October 2019 - 13:35:44

Dek, what you say is true, but, do you let someone die, or try and save them?eg, if a car is on fire, do you let them burn, or risk injuring by extracting them to safety.... befire condemning commenters, first think.

Galong | 11 October 2019 - 20:48:50

...Kurt, do you have to comment on every single topic?  Surely you're not an authority on everything.  FYI, Thailand does NOT have a Good Samaritan law. This means if you help someone and there are complications later, you could be held legally responsible.

Kurt | 11 October 2019 - 16:51:41

@DeK, you hit the nail on the head. Why are car, bus, truck drivers not compulsory trained in First Aid in Thailand before they get a driving license? As proven, it saves lives.  Your explanation shows miserable 'do nothing' thinking. Poor traffic victims, seeing only passive groups of  thai 'trained' staring people around them.

Kurt | 11 October 2019 - 12:30:51

@ Wiesel, I hope for you that you never end up under a thai truck. laying done while many thai people just stare at you passively instead of providing first aid what could save your life. In many smart 4.0 countries it is a crime not to provide first aid. But that is in 4.0 countries.  You are excused, with your 'trouble'.

DeKaaskopp | 11 October 2019 - 10:43:54

K,if one isn't trained in or accustomed to first aid,more harm could be done when trying to help.Especially in Thailand it could bring you a lot of trouble and legal battles.

Wiesel | 11 October 2019 - 10:03:33

Thats Kurt!!! have not been there, have no idea how and why and where but super quick to blame others. Schandmaul!!

BenPendejo | 10 October 2019 - 17:50:33

Looks like with the increase in tourist demographics, we'll start to see more Indian names showing up on the Phuket carnage list.  I think Indians will catch on pretty fast that public transportation (taxis, minivans) even have their home country beat in terms of reckless, angry drivers.  They may also be quicker to cancel their trips, opting for somewhere safer.

Kurt | 10 October 2019 - 16:35:01

The thai driver was just waiting at the scene, not doing anything to get the indian tourists from under his car? No life saving attempt of this thai young man before the professionals arrived?Imagine, just stand there passive and 'wait'. We read often about that passive wait and see behaviour. Life saving is sometimes a matter of minutes.

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