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Russian deputy honorary consul for Phuket dies in car crash

Russian deputy honorary consul for Phuket dies in car crash

PHUKET: Russian Deputy Honorary Consul for Phuket Santi Udom-kiratak died in a car crash in Wichit early this morning (May 18).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 18 May 2016, 11:02AM


Police believe Mr Santi fell asleep at the wheel when his car struck the back of the truck. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Police believe Mr Santi fell asleep at the wheel when his car struck the back of the truck. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Police were called to the scene, near the Wat Naka temple, at 2am.

They arrived to find rescue workers using hydraulic cutters to recover Mr Santi, unconscious and unresponsive, from his wrecked Mercedes-Benz, which had slammed into the back of a six-wheeled truck.

Mr Santi was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police suspect Mr Santi, 50, fell asleep while driving.

“His body was taken to Vachira Hospital for doctors there to confirm the cause of death,” said Lt Patcharee Wongboon of the Wichit Police.

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“ Mr Santi was heading toward his home in Chalong. He probably fell asleep when he was about to make a left turn onto Chao Fa West Rd when his car struck the back of the truck,” she said.

“We are not sure if the truck had stopped at a red light or if it was slowing down to turn at the junction, but the driver, 26-year-old Wanlop Thongked, was taken in for questioning,” Lt Patcharee said.

The Russian Consulate in Phuket is aware of the accident. The Phuket News has been informed that the consulate will likely release a statement later today.

Mr Santi served as a Deputy Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces since 2008, reported the Bangkok Post (see story here.)

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Nasa12 | 19 May 2016 - 06:48:50

 Very Sad but i hope they take a blod test Alkohol + ?

Kurt | 18 May 2016 - 12:51:05

Why was the driver of the truck, regardless slowing down for red sigh traffic light or for turning at junction 'taken in' for questioning?
Was he not 'invited'? 
After all, he was hit from behind, his company can claim the damage for that.

Amazing, how many people on Phuket during dark hours can 'fall asleep' during high speed driving ( as the photo shows the impact).

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