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Russian man charged for fatal big bike slam into Chinese tourist

Russian man charged for fatal big bike slam into Chinese tourist

PHUKET: According to police, a 25-year-old Russian tourist has been charged for reckless driving causing death after the big bike he was riding slammed into and killed a Chinese tourist crossing a road in Chalong.

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By Saroj Kueprasertkij

Tuesday 5 January 2016, 10:24AM


Chalong Police say the Russian tourist, named as Robert Ness, 25, has denied the charge of reckless driving causing death. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Chalong Police say the Russian tourist, named as Robert Ness, 25, has denied the charge of reckless driving causing death. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Lt Chanut Hongsittichaikul of the Chalong Police told The Phuket News that the Russian tourist, who he named as “Robert Ness”, 25, has so far denied the charge, for which he is out on B200,000 bail.

The accident occurred near the Chalong Miracle Lakeview housing estate on Chao Fa West Rd at about 7pm on December 30, said Lt Chanut.

“Mr Jielin Deng, 62, from China, was trying to cross the four-lane road after his family had already crossed it to the other side. He made it across the first two lanes and started to cross the other two when he was hit by the big bike,” he said.

Mr Jielin was listed as the third person to die in Phuket during the Seven Days of Danger national road-safety campaign. (See story here.)

“We did not find any evidence of alcohol or drugs involved in the accident, and Mr Ness was released after his lawyer posted B200,000 bail,” said Lt Chanut.

“Right now, police are collecting more information about the accident and we will ask Mr Ness to come to the station for more questioning.

“I’m not sure when the case will be sent to court, but I believe that it shouldn’t take more than two weeks,” he added.

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Richard Vickers | 05 January 2016 - 18:48:18

This is just a bad event all the way around.  No shortage of idiot farang racing around beyond their ability, and certainly no shortage of airhead Chinese walking around oblivious to their surroundings. Now that it is in the hands of Phuket's finest Chalong Police, we can be assured that the entire case will be reduced to financial obligations and the high cost of being stupid. I feel horrible...

benvenuto | 05 January 2016 - 17:03:03

Robert Ness doesn't sound like a Russian name ....maybe he was a fan of the old TV series The Untouchables starring Robert Stack as Eliot Ness 

Simon1 | 05 January 2016 - 14:11:20

Well without seeing the evedence and no drugs or drink involved. Chinese wandering around in a 4 lane road is bound to end badly. It was a very bad place to choose to cross. Chinese can even cope with a single lane road without being a danger to everyone so 4 lanes is suicide. However without cctv then there is not much that the biker can do.

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