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Taxi driver charged after collision with motorbike leaves man, 74, dead

PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver has been charged with negligence causing death after his taxi struck a motorbike being driven by a 74-year-old man who later died from his injuries.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 21 February 2019, 11:39AM

The accident occurred on Route 4031 at 7:40am yesterday, Capt Kraisorn Boonprasop of the Thalang Police confirmed to The Phuket News today (Feb 21).

The taxi driver, Prasert Malithong, 48, of Uthai Thani Province, was returning to Patong after dropping off tourists at Phuket International Airport, Capt Kraisorn said.

Mr Prasert told police that he was driving towards Thepkrasattri Rd at a speed of about 60km/h when he saw a man riding a motorbike along a road on his right approaching where the road joined Route 4031.

The man on the motorbike did not stop at the junction, and drove straight in front of the taxi, Mr Prasert said.

Mr Prasert said that he could not avoid the collision.

The collision caused the motorbike rider, 74-year-old Somchai Utsaha, to be knocked onto the road.

Rescue workers soon arrived and rushed Mr Somchai, injured and unconscious, to Thalang Hospital, but he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

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Mr Somchai, a resident of Tambon Thepkrasattri, in Thalang, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, Capt Kraisorn confirmed.

Regardless, Capt Kraisorn confirmed that Mr Prasert has been charged with negligence causing death.

“Mr Prasert was careless in that he saw the motorbike approaching but did not take action to avoid the collision,” Cap Kraisorn said.

“He did not exercise due care, which caused the collision,” he added.

Mr Prasert has denied the charge against him, Capt Kraisorn also confirmed.

“He has been released without posting bail on the condition that he presents himself at the police station when requested. If he does not, a warrant for his arrest will be issued,’ Capt Kraisorn said.



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Capt B | 24 February 2019 - 15:54:50

The system works. Under the circumstances, Mr Prasert will be totally OK.  With any luck the Late Mr Somchai's widow will receive some compensation.

Jor12 | 24 February 2019 - 10:31:31

Havent directed anything, merely pointed out the correct application of the law. Mr Prasert can certainly take legal action against Police, but he should be warned of the consequences of wasting the Courts time and bringing frivious and vexatious charges, that have no prospect of success.   

Kurt | 23 February 2019 - 14:07:15

It is about time that Phuket RTP officers have to answer in Court for their funny actions.  I think here specially about that nightly oil spill on the road.  A victim charged! Drag these RTP officers to court! Hammer them, demand compensation for false approach of cases.

Kurt | 23 February 2019 - 13:59:35

Jor-12 is right. A pity that the motorbike driver was not having a by law required vehicle, no helmet ( motorbike driving license?) and not followed Jor-12 directives as many motorbike drivers not do. RIP.  Mr Prasert should press charged against unlawful actions of the RTP captain.

Jor12 | 23 February 2019 - 12:25:04

Well no, it's correct charges like this that serves to reinforce proper driving habits. Doesn't matter what others are doing or not doing. 

Timothy | 23 February 2019 - 09:42:02

Of course there is the one serial commenter out there looking for attention. So based on your stupid opinion, any accident that happens can be blamed on someone whom has done nothing wrong? If I'm driving along and a car smashes into me, it's my fault for somehow not predicting this action and avoiding it? Wow, it's a strange world you live in. 

Capt B | 22 February 2019 - 20:17:31

Somehow, I do think that the Taxi Driver, having been charged, will make it easier for the Late Mr Somchai's family to commence legal proceedings / loss claim / action against the Taxi Driver's "Good Insurance".  Maybe the Captain is not such a bad bloke after all. You've all been barking up the wrong tree.

CaptainJack69 | 22 February 2019 - 12:44:40

Way to set an example and actually improve road safety RTP... not. Spurious charges like this only serve to reinforce bad driving practices. The deceased was clearly at fault (plus had no helmet, no mirrors on his bike and presumably no lights either). Having said that, where's the dash-cam footage. Taxis all have them now, but hide them if the footage might incriminate themselves.

Jor12 | 22 February 2019 - 11:19:23

Correct application of the law.  If you're too lazy to look at the road and what you or others is doing and not take evasive action, then don't drive. Pretty simple really. 

alf | 21 February 2019 - 21:11:30

From what we read in the article, it was the rider of the motorbike who, against usual road rules, forced his way in front of another vehicle which had right of way, and is responsible for the accident.
I guess this case will go to court ; it would be interesting if TPN can keep us updated when this happens, to see whether or not judges follow RTP charges. 

Kurt | 21 February 2019 - 16:37:18

Problem is RTP bull riding thinking.  Like large oil spill, than charge the taxi-driver victim. Yes?  Phuket RTP is completely 'of the road'.  Only tourist motorbike helmets they able to manage. How much %% they get from a 500 thb helmet ticket?  RTP is busy quite unrealistic to make some money, must be the early low season start. Pay for job promotion, house & car mortgage.

Discover Thainess | 21 February 2019 - 12:17:32

This is ridiculous - from the article the taxi clearly has right of way and the bike should have stopped, which of course we all know never happens and bikes just pull out without looking. “Me First!!”. Of course if the motorbike rider was wearing a helmet he may we’ll have survived. Hopeless.

SueYu2 | 21 February 2019 - 12:05:08

Why would the taxi driver be charged? The 4031 is the main road & if someone comes from a side road they shd give way. Proper road law anywaher, even in Thailand.

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