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Singaporean killed in motorbike crash

PHUKET: A 29-year-old Singaporean man died after he lost control of the motorbike he was riding on the coastal road south of Kamala and crashed head-on into an oncoming six-wheeled truck yesterday (Nov 3).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 4 November 2022, 11:45AM

Photo: Kamala Police

Photo: Kamala Police

Kamala Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Atcha Yatiwat said his officers were notified of the accident at 11:45am.

Officers arrived to find the red Honda Click 125 motorbike stuck under a Hino truck.

The Singaporean man was unconscious and unresponsive, and presumed dead, at the scene. Kusoildharm foundation rescue workers transported his body to Patong Hospital.

While police asked for the man’s identity to be withheld pending his next of kin being notified, officers confirmed that his passenger, Singaporean national Natalie Yi, also 29, suffered internal injuries in the accident.

Paramedics from Kamala Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) rushed her to Patong Hospital for treatment.

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The driver of the truck, who police have yet to name, told officers that he was unable to avoid the collision. He was rounding the curve when he saw the motorbike swerve into his lane and crash into the front of the truck.

Following their inspection of the accident site and the driver’s statement, officers said they believed that the Singaporean man was unfamiliar with the road and lost control of the motorbike while navigating the curve.

Kamala Police said they were coordinating with the Singapore embassy in Bangkok over the incident.

*The Phuket News is also withholding the man’s name until it has been confirmed his next of kin has been notified.

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Capricornball | 05 November 2022 - 21:12:50

Oops, sorry, I mixed up my tourist fatalities caused by [probable] unlicensed riders illegally renting motorbikes. My comment below mistakenly referenced the Russian that killed himself, his girlfriend and a Thai lady (and put 2 others in the hospital). I should have referenced the Singaporean that killed himself and put his lady friend in the hospital. My bad.

Capricornball | 05 November 2022 - 21:05:34

@ DeKass.... It is illegal to rent motorbikes to unlicensed riders, but the police don't enforce it because they are corrupt, and unlicensed riders represent an illicit income source. Also, you would not be able to rent a motorcycle in my country without a license. Laws are in place to protect the public, like preventing this guy from killing himself, his gf, and a young Thai lady

Kamala Pete | 05 November 2022 - 12:40:56

Its not hard to deal with unlicensed riders. When caught, the bike (or car) is impounded, the rider (driver) fined, vehicle owner then pays hefty fee to get vehicle back. Renters would soon start checking licenses. 

JohnC | 05 November 2022 - 09:19:55

I would say also not used to riding motorbikes either. What licence did he have to rent the bike in the first place? Most rentors of bikes here don't care about your licence or whether you want a helmet. Take their money and their passport (illegal). Stricter laws needed on requirements/documents to be able to rent these death traps.

DeKaaskopp | 04 November 2022 - 15:08:59

@Capricornball   Or maybe  he had a valid driver license and just drove recklessly. Btw, would you ride a bike in your home without a license ? Everyone coming here driving without a license and being totally inexperienced driving a bike is at his own fault.

Nasa12 | 04 November 2022 - 14:22:12

Two Russians and a Thai woman were killed and two Frenchmen injured in an accident involving two motorcycles and a taxi in Phuket early Friday morning.  Local police say the accident happened in front of Siam Commercial Bank Rawai.

Old guy | 04 November 2022 - 13:21:30

Was he licensed? Unfamiliar bike on an unfamiliar road probably going flat out uphill. A recipe for disaster. 

Fascinated | 04 November 2022 - 12:35:13

One can tell that tourists are back, wobbling all over the road and even stopping in the middle. Its a shame they don't realise the bikes are not holiday toys and they are on some of the most dangerous roads in the world. The first of many unfortunatly, laem Singh Bend is another blackspot as they stop to look at the view, forgetting who is behind them.

Capricornball | 04 November 2022 - 12:17:59

No mention of rider being unlicensed??? And of course, never any info on rental company illegally renting motorbike to unlicensed driver.  The mighty baht takes precedence over all else, including the lives of foreigners killed on vacation. I'll even guess the motrorbike rental company will meet Ms. Yi at the hospital to see how she'll be paying for the motorbike damage.


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