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Phuket schoolgirl, 11, dies after struck by Mercedes

PHUKET: An 11-year-old girl has died after being struck by a car while crossing the road in Pa Khlok, becoming the island’s second death during the Seven Days of Danger New Year road-safety campaign.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 31 December 2017, 01:33PM

Rescue workers rush young Rattana, 11, to Thalang Hospital after the accident. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Rescue workers rush young Rattana, 11, to Thalang Hospital after the accident. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Rattana Boonchoop, a 5th grade student, was struck by a Mercedes-Benz C350e in front of Ban Paklok School at about 2:30pm yesterday (Dec 30).

Rattana was crossing the road from her home to see a teacher at the school, her grief-stricken mother, Wanlapa Boonchoop, told police.

Rescue workers were soon at the scene and rendered what emergency treatment they could to young Rattana, who had suffered severe head trauma among other serious injuries.

The first responders rushed Rattana to Thalang Hospital, but she was later pronounced dead from her injuries.

The Mercedes, sporting limited-edition licence plates, did not stop at the scene after running down the young schoolgirl, though Jurairat Junphum, 41, called 191 at about 3pm to report herself as the driver in the incident.

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Ms Jurairat presented herself and the car at Thalang Police Station, where Lt Suriyon Muang noted that the vehicle had sustained damage to the front commensurate with the impact.

Ms Jurairat told officers that she left the scene of the accident for fear of her safety.

“I was driving along when the girl suddenly ran out. I tried to brake, but couldn’t stop in time,” she said.

“I was in shock, and then I saw a lot of people around. I left because I was afraid it wasn’t safe. I wanted (and later did) call 191 and come to the police station. I did not want to run away,” she added.

However, despite Ms Jurairat’s statement and presenting herself to police, she has been initially charged with reckless driving causing death while police continue their investigation.



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Kurt | 02 January 2018 - 10:59:20

Yes, around school areas there is always a 'speed advice' of 50 kph.
Notice that the coloring of traffic signs in Thailand is not international. 
A advice plate/sign should have a blue circle.
A compulsory sign has international a red circle, but in Thailand it is advisory, not obliging.
In parking garages it is very prominent. Direction showing signs with a red circle instead...

malczx7r | 01 January 2018 - 14:20:10

"is there no speed limits around schools"?  Haha but of course there are speed limits, everywhere, if you drive around following the speed limit you will see how fast everybody goes flying past you, virtually nobody follows the limit, they are so afraid of being caught and fined by the RTP.  Another avoidable death!

Fascinated | 01 January 2018 - 00:02:45

This road is a racetrack- too many speeding cars every day and nothing done to help pedestrians cross the road. As more gets turned into dual carriage way it will get worse. for those of yu commenting about speed limits near schools this was not a school day- the location is irrelevant.

Nasa12 | 31 December 2017 - 18:51:32

In Land and House in Chalong a friend of mine takes a walk with his dog every day, and one day a black Mercedes-Benz rattled out of his property (Thai man) and hit my friend and was spelled out by the Thai man because the road was for cars not going Mercedes-Benz had the first right, this happened in Seewaly 1 on the inside of L & H Chalong a few days ago. It shows how big the brain the Thai h...

Discover Thainess | 31 December 2017 - 14:18:24

The “guilty until proven innocent” system here always seems strange. RIP to the young lady. How very sad. 

crispy | 31 December 2017 - 14:18:07

A terrible tragedy for the family ,is there no speed limit around school areas on phuket ? 

simon01 | 31 December 2017 - 14:04:08

I hope she is jailed for a very long time. When passing a school then you drive very, very slowly as there are always children about.  This woman had no thought for the lives of the children. So sad that a young bright child was killed for no reason at all other than someone did not care for the lives of children. Just another needless loss of a young life. Rest in Peace.  

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