Mr Spatafora suffered severe head injuries when his head struck a small concrete pole hidden among tall grass by the roadside, explained Lt Chanat Hongsitthichaikul of the Chalong Police.
Mr Spatafora was a passenger on the motorbike and not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, Lt Chanat confirmed.
The motorbike was driven by a Thai woman, who Lt Chanat declined to identify. Reports in the Italian media note that Mr Spatafora was travelling on a motorbike taxi at the time of the accident. (See story here.)
“I received a report of the motorbike accident at 6pm,” Lt Chanat told The Phuket News today (Dec 27).
“The man (Mr Spatafora) passed away at Vachira Phuket Hospital at about 7pm that night,” he said.
Mr Spatafora’s body remains at Vachira Phuket Hospital, in Phuket Town, Lt Chanat said this afternoon.
“I am compiling the report to send to the Italian consul (in Phuket) now,” he said.