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.