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International DJ confirmed as Phuket motorbike crash victim

International DJ confirmed as Phuket motorbike crash victim

PHUKET: The international DJ Howard Kaii of the Netherlands has been confirmed as the man who died in the motorcycle accident near Chalong Circle, in the south of Phuket, last night (Mar 17).

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By The Phuket News

Friday 18 March 2016, 04:57PM


International DJ Howard Kaii played alongside greats such as Judge jules, Pete Tong and Paul van Dyk. Photo: Haward Kaii / Facebook

International DJ Howard Kaii played alongside greats such as Judge jules, Pete Tong and Paul van Dyk. Photo: Haward Kaii / Facebook

Mr Kaii, 45, was travelling towards Rawai, where he lived, when his motorbike and the motorbike ridden by a Thai man collided, spilling Mr Kaii onto Chao Fa West Rd and into the path of an oncoming bus. (See story here.)

Lt Chollada Chokdeesrijan of the Chalong Police confirmed to The Phuket News that his mother identified the body at Vachira Hospital this morning.

A friend to Mr Kaii told The Phuket News this afternoon that the Dutch embassy is assisting his mother.

Mr Kaii was well known for his talents as a DJ in a career spanning nearly three decades, during which he played alongside Ministry of Sound greats including Judge Jules and Pete Tong from the UK and Paul Van Dyk from Germany.

Mr Kaii was to launch his Summer Tour 2016 on March 25 at Xana Beach Club With Attica at Phuket’s Bang Tao Beach, followed by performances from April 17 at Bliss Beach Club further north on Surin Beach.

By May he was to perform in his home town of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and again in Antwerp, Belgium. From there, his tour was to take him to St Tropez in France, then Marbella and Ibiza, Spain.

“Howard was a high-spirited, gregarious and positive individual who loved Thailand,” said friend Ana Jeffrey.

“He had a very close bond with his mother and brought her to live with him in Thailand when he moved to Phuket with him in 2009.

“Howard was well known in the south of the island as an ex-professional DJ having toured Europe and played at some of the largest clubs alongside some of the biggest names in House music. Howard was in high spirits the evening of the accident, returning home to Rawai from a meeting at Dream Beach club in Cherng Talay, where he secured some dates to play,” she told The Phuket News.

“Howard loved his music almost as much as he loved Thailand,” she added.

Lt Chollada, who is investigating the accident, told The Phuket News, “We are questioning the bus driver, Eakkachai Taweepermphoon, about the incident and we have CCTV footage from the bus that might be able to help us figure out what happened.

“However, I still have to go to the hospital to check on the condition of the injured Thai man, who we still have yet to identify,” she added.

Additional reporting by JP Mestanza

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Joe12 | 22 March 2016 - 18:58:45

Rorii.. it's you who cannot read or undertand. Kurt asks, "Did the injured hospitalized thai man..." His identity would have been learnt at some stage...pretty much common sense so there was no need for such an inappropriate comment at a time of grief and tragedy. 

Rorii | 21 March 2016 - 16:04:24

Joe12, Most of us would not have replied to Kurt, but you seem to have found the need, most of us would know he was referring to "“However, I still have to go to the hospital to check on the condition of the injured Thai man, who we still have yet to identify,” she added." this would have identified the injured man, the police could then inform his family.

But hey, Most of us woul...

Joe12 | 20 March 2016 - 18:06:09

Andy...A man has lost his life in a tragic motor accident and all Kurt wants to know if the other rider has a license and ID. I am sure the Police have that well in hand. So, what is wrong with me Andy? Well, I consider Kurt's comment to be highly offensive and inappropriate. 

My most sincere condolences go to the family of the deceased and hope for a speedy recovery of the injured rider.  ...

Rattlez | 20 March 2016 - 15:02:00

@Joe12  Well said.An excellent reply.

Andy | 20 March 2016 - 12:55:02

What is wrong with you Joe12?

Joe12 | 20 March 2016 - 00:26:01

Kurt...what on earth is the point of your silly question? It appears you just want to see your writing on your computer. Just type something out in MSWord then knock yourself out reading it. 

Kurt | 19 March 2016 - 14:28:45

Did the injured hospitalized thai man not have a driving license or ID card with him? 
That is obligated,  yes?

Kurt | 19 March 2016 - 14:21:17

Yvonne,  I do agree with you 100%! Your writing is very true.
I myself never drive my motorbike after 6pm, only car.

I have several foreign friends ( living here) who did drive motorbike during dark hours, they were hit by thai youngsters who did not respect the red light at traffic junctions!
Foreign friends and thai ended up in hospital due to thai ignorance of traffic lights. ( I see that ...

yvonne | 19 March 2016 - 01:36:43

Please ! People who get to live in for long periods or who retire in  Phuket,  buy a CAR the minute you  are able to. It at least gives you a chance of survival.Hope his mother, which he obviously cared for very much, will overcome this tragedy and be assisted back to Holland. Very sad.

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