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Russian man succumbs to injuries from Rawai motorbike accident

Russian man succumbs to injuries from Rawai motorbike accident

PHUKET: Russian national Vlad Kalaev, who suffered severe injuries in a road crash in Rawai during the seven days of intense traffic control, has passed away. Mr Kalaev’s body is to be cremated today (Apr 20), as announced by the family.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 20 April 2023, 03:26PM

Mr Kalaev, 27, lost control of his blue Kawasaki Ninja sportbike while riding from Chalong Circle towards Rawai Pier at around 4.30pm last Saturday (Apr 15), reported at the time Novosti Phuket, The Phuket News’ sister-paper in Russian language.

The accident happened in the notorious curve near Vijitt Resort, a place known as one of Phuket’s road black spots. Mr Kalaev’s bike hit the median strip sending the rider flying across the road where he hit an Isuzu pickup truck moving towards Chalong Circle.

Photos from the scene show the Russian man having severely injured legs yet conscious. The injured rider was taken to Chalong Hospital and later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

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The Isuzu driver, named in the reports as Charin Polsongkram, 51, sustained multiple cuts from a broken windshield and was taken to Chalong Hospital as well. No update has been provided on his condition so far.

Mr Kalaev’s family confirmed his death in a publication on social media this Tuesday (Apr 18) and asked for help with the hospital bill which totaled B276,129.

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Kurt | 22 April 2023 - 08:43:48

Seen the image of that location on Wisey Rd, perhaps a good idea during next '7 days of danger'  to have a tent check point at that spot? Nice breezy location for 8-10 'tent sitters', good mobile tv reception.

Kurt | 22 April 2023 - 08:20:21

Quite 'dramatic' to call the curve on Wiset Rd near Vijitt  Resort  'notorious/black spot'. There is nothing wrong with the road at that location. However, it is a stretch were many drive to fast as they feel the road is wide and safe enough to do so. But safety first and not driving faster than you can think is a 'notorious' problem on Phuket.

Kamala Pete | 21 April 2023 - 11:23:43

Wouldn't it be nice if rental bikes were limited by law to be electric scooters - with a top speed of 40kph. Cleaner, quieter and safer.

Kurt | 21 April 2023 - 10:59:14

Seen the inpact of the 'flying rider' on the Isuzu and it's driver, sure high body speed was the case. We see holidaymakers on big bikes at irresponsible high speed slaloming/zigzag at the roads.

JohnC | 21 April 2023 - 08:41:43

I would guess that the 'black spot' curve was not the cause of the accident. Excessive speed and lack of experience on a motorbike if much more probable. If they want help with hospital bills ask your fascist dictator president who has spent his whole life stealing money from your country and destroying the lives of others.

Kurt | 21 April 2023 - 06:50:08

Time Thai Government orders measures to protect certain tourists against themselve.  Meaning, compulsory holiday health/accident insurance. Must be shown to Immigration upon arrival.

Hermann1 | 20 April 2023 - 16:31:44

Insurance ? License ?  People may call me cold hearted, but I would not donate even 1 Baht. 

Kakka2 | 20 April 2023 - 15:31:41

not a big loss...actually we better off without speedy idiots...


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