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Phuket M-Slaz rider dies after high-speed collision with pickup truck

PHUKET: Police are hoping to identify a Thai man, aged 18-25 years old, who died after his Yamaha M-Slaz motorbike slammed into a pickup truck in Phuket Town last night (Apr 27).

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Friday 28 April 2017, 12:39PM

Maj Natthaya Supanpong of the Phuket City Police and rescue workers were called to the scene of the accident, at the intersection of Thepkrasattri Rd and Nakorn Rd, on the north side of town, at 10:50pm.

“The accident left one man, currently unnamed, around 18-25 years old, unconscious lying three meters from the pickup truck,” said Maj Natthaya.

“His face had several wounds. He was bleeding, had broken teeth and no pulse. Rescue workers attempted to revive him and rushed him Vachira Phuket Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

A preliminary investigation by Phuket City Police discovered that the pickup driver, who police have yet to name, was turning from Thepkrasattri Rd into Nakorn Rd when the motorbike, which they were told was approaching from the south at high speed, rammed into the side.

The motorbike rider was not wearing a helmet and suffered fatal head injuries when his head struck the road, police reported,

“We didn’t find any identification documents on the man except for his mobile phone. Currently we are trying to contact his relatives,” said Maj Natthaya.

Police have yet to report any charges pressed related to the accident, who are any further attempt to determine who may have been at fault in causing the collision.



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Christy Sweet | 01 May 2017 - 08:12:53

I agree high speed means automatic blame but those blind puller- outters really are an enormous hazard and sometimes, no matter your speed,  there's just  no way to swerve around and avoid them without putting yourself at risk. To me, they rate second behind tailgaters as most hazardous drivers in Phuket. 

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Discover Thainess | 28 April 2017 - 19:52:04

Kurt may be correct, but we have no information to support this, if a truck pulls out on you even if you are at 30kph it can still kill you. Is 30 high speed? In certain circumstances yes. Generally it's not. So let's not generalise, there is a grieving family somewhere who have just lost their beloved boy. 

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Kurt | 28 April 2017 - 16:52:30

I respect your opinion, Foot.

To answer you: High speed is a speed that you not able to control yourself when something happens in front of you.
Always expect the unexpected, anticipate.
However, at the road, what is in front of you, you have to give first way, and adjust your speed.
Always be aware that traffic in front of you can deviate.
Do something funny thai.
Many roads on Phuket have advice road signs...50 km...
Many ignore that.
Boys on motorbike, without helmet, without driving license, with iPhone at ear, drive one handed 80-100kmh on Phuket.
All of them, sooner or later go down with their not well maintained motorbike.
Speed is your winner?  Or:  Speed is your killer?

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Foot | 28 April 2017 - 15:57:50

I'm with simon01 on this one.

We do know the truck pulled out in front of him.  Kurt, maybe "high speed" was a contributing factor, but, what is "high speed?"  We don't know unless there's actual proof.
Until then, the truck is at fault.

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simon01 | 28 April 2017 - 14:39:44

Yet another one. Why dont people look when pulling out, setting off, doing U turns, changing lane. Ok they say the bike was going fast BUT in Phuket thats normal so you have to be extra careful. Even at slow speeds the cars, buses, pick ups, tuk tuks and the rest just change lane, u turn, pull out at speed and never look. They have no idea what mirrors are for. If you follow 99% then you can see how often they look in the mirror when driving...Never. Most when pulling out do not look at what coming but what will be in front of them so looking the wrong way. There needs to be a system where people with cameras can upload the footage to a police site / government site so these bad drivers can be arrested with video proof even when the police are not there and they can be shown on social media too then others can see who to avoid. But there needs to be a way for dash cams and gopro video to be used to catch the bad drivers 24 hours a day. Then trhe police can just get the plate number and address, see who was driving and get them at home rather than giving chase and putting people in danger or as normal ignore it. So many have helmet cams now it could be a huge tool to stop the accidents on phuket if they wanted too. 

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Kurt | 28 April 2017 - 13:12:07

The person who drives 'high speed' is always at fault when a accident occurs due to 'out of control'.
Traffic law is very clear. 
Motorists/drivers should drive at speed that is adjusted to road and weather conditions.
Driving at a speed and distance behind/away from others in such a way that you can avoid collision and also stop in time when a situation asks.
Of course, this only is possible when they not start sleeping while driving.

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