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Woman expat to be charged for tour van collision in Rawai

Woman expat to be charged for tour van collision in Rawai

PHUKET: A woman expat is to be charged with reckless driving causing injury and damage to property after she pulled out of a side street in Rawai leading to a van carrying tourists ramming into the side of her car.

By The Phuket News

Monday 28 October 2019, 07:09PM

The accident occurred in front of a small guesthouse on Wiset Rd, about 200 metres north of the main Rawai market, at about 11:30am, Chalong Municipality rescue workers told The Phuket News.

One foreign woman travelling in the passenger van suffered injuries to her right shoulder, while the other woman driving the car also suffered minor injuries, rescue workers reported.

The women were taken to separate private hospitals for treatment of their injuries, rescue workers confirmed.

Capt Jarat Lempan of the Chalong Police told The Phuket News named woman the woman driving the car only as “Ms Helen”.

Capt Jarat explained that according to police investigating the accident, Ms Helen drove out of a side street onto Wiset Rd and started making a U-turn when the tour van struck her car on its right side.

“The van was carrying tourists from Rawai towards Chalong when the vehicles collided,” he said.

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Capt Jarat said that he had been told that “Ms Helen” was reportedly a French-speaking national.

However, he added, “I don’t know the details of the accident or the tourists’ nationality and name yet. I am looking at questioning both foreign women tomorrow,” he added.

Regardless, Capt Jarat confirmed that “Ms Helen” will be charged for the accident.

“Ms Helen will be charged with reckless driving causing injury and reckless driving causing damage to another person’s property,” he said.

“But let’s let her get her medical treatment first. I can talk with her later,” he said.

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Kurt | 31 October 2019 - 16:54:54

And GT, the difference between you and me is,.. I talk about thai traffic rules and laws.  You talk about the wild thai no laws respecting 'street rules', these are very different. These cost a lot of lives..  Unneeded.

Kurt | 31 October 2019 - 16:47:28

And GT, I would indeed drive more left lanes when these are not all the time blocked by slow driving blue busses and parked cars in front of eating stalls. Not being a pussyfooted driver it is a fact that many other non-pussyfooted not anticipating drivers end their live meeting concrete poles, monuments, ditches, houses, others. Not yet speaking about their brakes, wet roads. 

Kurt | 31 October 2019 - 16:34:39

GT, I can relieve you of your night mare about my driving. I not drive faster than I can think, I never fall asleep, I not use drugs/alcohol and drive. Keep enough distance of traffic in front of me to break in time. Never in my life had a accident where ever driving in the world. 

GerryT81 | 30 October 2019 - 17:46:07

K,with your knowledge of the street rules in Thailand,i'm surprised you still alive.You are probably one of those pussyfooted  right lane driver,who blocks permanently other driver.

DeKaaskopp | 30 October 2019 - 15:18:19

"...if not,than the roads are of the same rank" Good luck with that !
"The van driver drove Viset road as it was a runway" How do you know that? Have you witnessed that accident ? And i totally agree with "Fascinated" regarding "Sangsom"in your case.

Kurt | 30 October 2019 - 14:28:09

There is a official thai traffic sign to inform a driver he/she goes to enter a main road. Many so called thai 'side roads' don't have that sign. If not, than the roads are of same 'rank'. Period. The Van driver drove Viset Road as it was a runway. Single-mindedly, and just caring the six inches in front or his face. ( As we experience daily many Van drivers do).

Fascinated | 30 October 2019 - 13:30:50

How does coming out of a side street into the flow of traffic consist of right of way Insp K?  Your three comments contradice each other by the way. A bit less Sangsom and a bit more thought please.

DeKaaskopp | 29 October 2019 - 22:09:40

"Is itn't coming from left has first way"As you live near there,you should know that Viset Road is the main road and everyone from a side street has to wait,except if there is a traffic light.Did you win your license in a lottery? And what does it matter if the van hit the car of Ms.Helen if the van couldn't brake anymore? 

BenPendejo | 29 October 2019 - 14:03:46

So...Capt Jarat doesn't know what happened, but has already charged the lady for the accident.  Of course, it would never be the typical impatient minvan driver speeding, failing to yield and respond to a moron driver, but instead accelerating to cut her off and prevent her from turning... and being simply incapable of avoiding an accident while carrying passengers.

Kurt | 29 October 2019 - 12:15:21

The Van hit the car of Ms Helen, not the other way around. And, were Van passengers wearing a seat belt?

Kurt | 29 October 2019 - 12:13:04

Is itn't: coming from left has first way? Police interviews still have to take place, but already charged the lady of the car? Quite unprofessional quick. What was the speed of the Van? ( always adjust speed to the local situation of that moment)

Fascinated | 29 October 2019 - 10:49:04

“I don’t know the details of the accident' but she will be charged- classic. Yet it takes months of heel dragging for a thai taxi driver to be charged aven after killing someone.


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