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Woman, 19, dead, two others injured as motorbike slams into parked pickup van

Woman, 19, dead, two others injured as motorbike slams into parked pickup van

PHUKET: A 19-year-old woman was killed and two of her friends seriously injured when the motorbike they were riding slammed into the back of a parked pickup truck on Wiset Rd in Rawai this morning (July 30).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 30 July 2019, 12:57PM


Lt Col Prasit Ra-ob of the Chalong Police was notified of the accident at 4:50am.

Arriving at the scene with rescue workers, officers found Wassana "Jul" Bangachak, 19, already dead.

Her two female friends, Ratchanee Lakkoh, 22, and Kanlaya Chiewchan, 25, were rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town for treatment of their injuries sustained in the crash.

Police confirmed that no helmets were found at the scene.

Col Prasit reported that the young women were travelling on the one black Honda wave motorbike at speed when it struck the back of a company pickup truck parked beside the road.

The initial accident report noted that the three women were travelling from an entertainment venue in Chalong to Rawai – but failed to note from which entertainment venue the women had just left.

The report did note that police had requested for the two surviving women and the body of Ms Wassana to be tested for alcohol.

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A senior-ranking officer at the Chalong Police, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Phuket News that at this stage police were not sure which of the women was driving the motorbike at the time of the accident.

Police also had yet to question the two surviving women, whose injuries were described as serious.

“Police believe they were drunk. Officers have requested the hospital to check for alcohol in their blood. Also, police cannot confirm who was the driver and who were passengers,” the officer said.

The officer also refused to identify which entertainment venue the three women had left.

“It is under investigation now. They did not work there, they just hung out there,” he said.

“Both (surviving) ladies are not ready to speak. The condition of their injuries is serious,” the officer added.

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CaptainJack69 | 31 July 2019 - 12:30:01

Yup, no surprise, this happens all the time. You have a population who have no respect for the law or for other people, and a culture of non-interference that allows it to flourish. Drunk driving, under age drinking, 3 on a bike, no helmets, and not a single person telling them any of it's wrong.

BenPendejo | 30 July 2019 - 14:10:16

This is what happens when you have an inactive police force.  Bars stay open as long as they please either by paying off the cops or just not caring. Also, young girls (and boys) can do whatever they want, and they know that even drunk driving has no legal consequence as there are no cops out patrolling to stop them. 

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