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Phuket driver charged for fatal collision after running red light

PHUKET: Police have charged the 40-year-old driver of a Honda CRV who ran a red light in front of Baan Chalong School, on Chao Fa West Rd, on Saturday (Sept 3), inflicting fatal injuries on a motorbike driver who was legally turning right across the CRV’s southbound lane.

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Monday 5 September 2016, 12:15PM


Watthana Eakbuth, 57, was legally turning right when he was struck by the CRV. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Watthana Eakbuth, 57, was legally turning right when he was struck by the CRV. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Lt Chanat Hongsitthichaikul of the Chalong Police, who responded to the incident, told The Phuket News, “I met the CRV driver at the scene. The driver did not flee, as reported by some media.”

Chalong Mayor Samran Jindapon on Saturday posted on social media a CCTV clip showing the accident, sparking outrage among local residents.

Lt Chanat declined to name the driver, but did reveal that the driver was Thai national.

The accident occurred just after 11am, when Watthana “Ko Na” Eakbuth, 57, was riding his motorbike northbound on Chao Fa West Rd.

He was legally turning right into Luang Por Chaem Rd, which runs alongside Wat Chalong, when he was struck by the CRV, which had run a red light while travelling southbound through the intersection.

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Passers-by stopped to render assistance until an ambulance arrived, Lt Chanat explained.

Mr Watthana was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. He suffered serious injuries from the impact and from going under the CRV, he added.

“Mr Watthana was later pronounced dead at Vachira Phuket Hospital. We believe he died from head trauma, but we have yet to receive formal death certificate,” Lt Chanat said.

The driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death, Lt Chanat confirmed.

 

 

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Ed Sanders | 05 September 2016 - 15:30:37

If I'm not mistaken, this unfortunate event will not be considered a "Traffic Fatality" since he was not killed on the spot (or so they say), but died at the hospital from his injuries (so the death will be labeled as "head trauma").  I'm just waiting til the end of the year when Thai officials (e.g. Police) declare that their safety measures have led to a reduction in ...

slippery snake | 05 September 2016 - 14:28:15

Another one that could still be alive if he wore a helmet ? Maybe.   Most deaths someone is in the wrong, but it is always the bike rider that comes out worse off, if not dead..  But Thais seem to think running a red light is the norm,  I am always very careful to look what is coming the other way, even when I have a green light.  Some times I have sounded my horn at others running a red light and...

Kurt | 05 September 2016 - 12:23:09

These thai red traffic light ignoring drivers are very dumb, not realizing that cctv and dash cams in other cars daily notice their criminal doings.
Fortunately most of the time without a dramatic outcome.

 

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