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Police suspect alcohol as motorbike ghostrider hits taxi head-on in the fast lane

Police suspect alcohol as motorbike ghostrider hits taxi head-on in the fast lane

PHUKET: Police are waiting to question a motorbike rider who suffered head injuries when he was struck by a taxi while riding his motorbike against the flow of traffic on Thepkrasattri Rd in Rassada last night (July 15).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 16 July 2020, 03:24PM


Police were called to the scene, in front of the Caltex petrol station about 120 metres north of Phuket Bus Terminal 2, at around 8:45pm.

On arriving at the scene, officers found a Phuket-registered Honda Scoopy i motorbike on the road just metres in front of the taxi, a Phuket-registered Honda Civic, with damage to its front. 

Both vehicles were in the right-hand lane northbound, dedicated for fast-moving traffic, Capt Ronnaphum Permpoon of Phuket City Police noted in his report.

The motorbike rider, who Capt Ronnaphum did not name, had already been rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital by Kusoldharm rescue workers.

Taxi driver Sontaya Wongtanee, 55, a local resident of Koh Kaew, told police that he was driving home in the right-hand lane when he saw the motorbike coming straight at him.

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“I did not move to the left lane because I was afraid that I may hit other cars, so I braked as hard as I could,” Mr Sontaya said.

However, Mr Sontaya said he was unable to avoid colliding with the motorbike.

Capt Ronnaphum noted that explained officers had reason to believe that the motorbike rider may have been under the influence of alcohol.

Capt Ronnaphum made no mention whether or not the motorbike rider was to be tested for alcohol.

“We have not decided what charges he will face, as we will question him after he has recovered enough to answer questions,” Capt Ronnaphum said.

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Kurt | 17 July 2020 - 10:58:59

Funny to suspect a ghost rider of alcohol use as ghost riding is seen as normal on Phuket. Well, at least door RTP that is seeing it daily in front of them. But normally most ghost riding happens in the far left lane.

Galong | 16 July 2020 - 19:32:15

Any day of the week and any time of day you can find people on the main highway going the wrong way.  What you almost never see are any cops stopping them. The big Ko Kaeo intersection is a constant accident waiting to happen. What do the cops do all day? There is a police box there, but no police.

Hermann1 | 16 July 2020 - 18:13:22

Was there a alcohol/drug test on both driver ? We all know the speeding taxi driver. If he did not drive so fast maybe he could stop in time.But we all know  that speed is a winner in Thailand. Hehehe.

 

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