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Phuket van driver charged for drunk driving causing death

Phuket van driver charged for drunk driving causing death

PHUKET: A Phuket passenger van driver has been charged with drunk driving causing death after his van collided with a motorbike in Samkong this morning (May 13), causing the 54-year-old motorbike rider to slam into a roadside power pole.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 13 May 2023, 01:30PM

Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Pol Lt Col Ekkasak Kwanwan of the Phuket City Police said officers were informed of the accident, on Yaowarat Rd about 100 metres from the three-way intersection between the Sam Kong Intersection and Bangkok Hospital Phuket, at about 6am.

Officers arrived at the scene with emergency responders from Vachira Phuket Hospital and the Kusoldharm Foundation to find the body of Korkua Kulsathit, 54, lying nearby his heavily damaged Honda Wave motorcycle, which was still lying beside the power pole he had struck.

Nearby was a grey Phuket-registered Toyota passenger van fitted with back-on-yellow licence plates, indicating that the van is legally registered to be used as a taxi.

The van had heavy damage to its front left and its windscreen was cracked from the impact. The driver, Natthaphong Samart, 48, was waiting for police.

Lt Col Ekasak said that from asking eyewitnesses police had learned that Mr Korkua was riding towards the three-way intersection when he was struck from behind by the van.

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Before the accident, the van was seen driving behind the motorbike at high speed. The van collided into the back of Mr Korkua’s motorbike, sending him into the roadside power pole.

Nattapong was taken to Phuket City Police Station, where he was tested for alcohol, Lt Col Ekasak confirmed.

His blood alcohol content was recorded as 230 milligrams per 100ml (230mg/dL).

Police charged Nuttaphong with drunk driving causing death, reckless driving causing death and reckless driving causing property damage to others.

 Nuttaphong confessed to the charges against him, Lt Col Ekasak said.

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christysweet | 14 May 2023 - 11:29:13

One trick is to go through a light,  pull over wait for it to turn red  and then you have a bit of clear space. Another is to  have one lef of a trip  during lunch hour when traffic  halves. Right before lunch  is no good though- low blood sugar drivers rushing to  block traffic at the chicken cart. 

christysweet | 14 May 2023 - 11:25:54

Danger to everone,  most inconsiderate drivers in the  known universe  on Phuket roads. Be VERY  careful  out there  folks- defensive  driving  at all times.  Someone tailgating? Pull over and let them pass. 

Kurt | 14 May 2023 - 09:28:21

--- Or is he on the road again in another van?  From Phuket Transport Bureau we don't hear that this scum bag's driving- and transport licenses are cancelled/revoked at least until after the court case.

Kurt | 14 May 2023 - 09:23:33

Mr Winder was arrested at Red Light Bangla Rd for being drunk/misconduct , detained Patong Police station and died there a few hrs later, unguarded. A Brit punch a tuk tuk driver and get arrested/detained. Now, is this van driver, charged with drunk driving causing death ( man- slaugther or 2nd degree murder?) now in detention cel until his case comes in Court? Or is he on the road again in anothe

JohnC | 14 May 2023 - 08:48:44

PN you have a photo of a grey Toyota van  but your story says it is a 'white 'Toyota van. Which is correct?

[Grey. Stupid mistake. Thank you. Fixed - Ed]

JohnC | 14 May 2023 - 08:47:13

What a stupid comment. The 'someone' that stopped this van driver was the poor guy who got flattened by it. They have not gotten worse, they have always been very bad going back to last century. Maybe you just finally stopped drinking vinegar sours long enough to open your eyes for a change.

Fascinated | 13 May 2023 - 22:44:26

About time someone stopped these van drivers from terrorising other road users- they have got a lot worse in the last year.


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