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Teen racing on Phuket pier leaves boy, 13, dead

Teen racing on Phuket pier leaves boy, 13, dead

PHUKET: A 13-year-old boy died after his head struck a pylon while he and his friends were racing on Laem Sai Pier in Thepkrasattri, Thalang, yesterday morning (Mar 28).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 29 March 2022, 10:03AM

Police and rescue workers were called to the pier, in Moo 6 Thepkrasattri, soon after 11:30am.

The first-responders arrived to find the boy, Chanachon Chaiwichian, a 13-year-old local resident of Moo 6 Thepkrasattri, dead from fatal head trauma.

Police explained that Chanachon was racing along the pier on motorbikes with friends when the accident happened.

The youngsters were on three motorbikes. They were fast approaching the covered seating area at the end of the pier when two of the motorbikes collided, spilling their drivers and passengers onto the pier.

Chanachon was riding as a passenger on one of the motorbikes. He fell and his head struck a pylon supporting the roof of the seating area. He was not wearing a helmet.

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The driver of the motorbike Chanachon was riding on was a 14-year-old friend from primary school. The boy, a Myanmar national living in Pa Khlok, was rushed to Thalang Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The other youngsters involved in the racing were a boy aged 11, a girl aged 12 and another girl, 13 years old. All three live nearby, in Moo 6 Thepkrasattri.

Jetty supervisor Sudjai Leenoi, 42, said that she was in her office with staff when they saw the children arrive on the motorbikes. Before staff could react, the children took off down the pier at speed, then the accident happened.

Police have yet to reveal what action they will take over the deadly accident.

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Pooliekev | 01 April 2022 - 20:05:59

Thailand doesn't need a load of elderly, docile pensioners from overseas telling them what to do

christysweet | 01 April 2022 - 10:30:38

Colonial rule? Where are the soldiers, rifles and cannons? We're all just voicing opinions into a wind,  not one Thai considers anything said by foreigners- ever. 

Kurt | 01 April 2022 - 09:37:59

Lets hope for ematt that one day these kids not bump into him when he is on the road and get involved in a serious 'kids death/wounded accident'.  And next are pronounced quilty, even when he is not quilty. Mediation to pay the parents of the kids is than waiting for him. In a country that was never a colony.

ematt | 31 March 2022 - 19:15:51

Kurt, Fascinated, and John move to a foreign country and then try to tell the locals how they should conduct their affairs. I thought the colonial era was over….

JohnC | 30 March 2022 - 09:41:23

The parents should be held totally responsible. How can any parent who cares for their children let underage kids ride motorbikes unsupervised and without any safety gear. Confiscate the bikes, lock the parents up see if it teaches them anything. Whatever happened to the belief "your children are your future?" Not when their lives are wasted so young so unecessarily...

Fascinated | 29 March 2022 - 13:26:39

Any parent who allows underage children to ride motorbikes should be punished, instead the cops just watch them race past all day and do nothing. Another life wasted because no one takes responsibility for the behavior of the kids. Not the parents, cops, or the schools. Kids are out of control as they know they will get away with it. I was nearly knocked over by a 10 year old on a bike yesterday.

Kurt | 29 March 2022 - 12:01:51

No security guard at entrance pier? No removeble barrier  to block the pier for such activities? Primary school kids on motorbikes. Hello parents, school principals ? We all see the number of motorbikes in front of primary schools. No parents, principals, police give a damn to protect kids against themselve. Sad.


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