Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Police are attempting to identify a foreign man and a woman killed in a motorcycle accident in Cherng Talay, on central Phuket’s west coast, last night.

The pair were riding a motorcycle along the Cherng Talay-Baan Don Road when they were struck by a pickup truck in front of Soi Pasak 3 at about 9:15pm, Lt Col Rassada of the Cherng Talay Police confirmed.

Both victims died at the scene from fatal head injuries, Lt Col Rassada said.

Police found no identification on the body of either victim.

“However, we did find a receipt from a business in Karon made out to a Mr Ivan,” Col Rassada added.

The driver of the Isuzu D-Max pickup truck involved in the collision, Sompop Saelim, 29, from Phuket, told police he was driving from Baan Don toward Cherng Talay when the accident happened.

“The motorcycle came from the other side of the road. The driver lost control and the motorbike fell onto the road. I could not brake in time,” he told police.

Regardless, Col Rassada said his officers would continue their investigation into the cause of the accident.

The two deaths brings the toll on Phuket’s roads during the “Seven Days of Danger” new year road-safety campaign to five, with four more days to go.
– Thawit Bilabdullar

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood December 30, 2012 08:17:13PM

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood

And I have only one word to say – taxis! We will never know if the deceased would have chosen to hire a taxi, instead of rent/ride a motorbike. If the choice existed in Phuket, maybe "they could have seen in 2013."

The lack of proper public transport here is pushing tourists into cars and onto bikes and causing many deaths and injury, or, severely restricting their freedom of movement whilst on their holiday. RIP.

Posted by Harry December 31, 2012 05:37:38AM

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood

And I have only one word to say – taxis! We will never know if the deceased would have chosen to hire a taxi, instead of rent/ride a motorbike. If the choice existed in Phuket, maybe "they could have seen in 2013."

The lack of proper public transport here is pushing tourists into cars and onto bikes and causing many deaths and injury, or, severely restricting their freedom of movement whilst on their holiday. RIP.

Posted by Harry

Mood - what a moronic thing to say, where in this article does it mention no helmets? Additionally have you seen the helmets sold here? Not worth the waste of time buying them.

Harry - completely agree about the public transport however the taxis are just a massive rip off under the taxi mafia. Compare the prices to the taxi bikes and taxis in the capital, Bangkok.

The authorities should do something but won't.

Posted by Mickey December 31, 2012 11:13:23AM

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Agree about the rubbish helmets. The real problem is that tourists arrive and hire a bike, the only cheap way to get around, without ever having ridden one before. Amazing to see some of them wobbling along the road. They take death into their own hands, not knowing how truly dangerous it is here.

Posted by mike December 31, 2012 01:32:58PM

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The couple weren't wearing helmets, but having seen the extent of the injuries I doubt they would have saved them.

They were run over and crushed by a heavy vehicle.

Posted by anteo December 31, 2012 10:11:47PM

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood

And I have only one word to say – taxis! We will never know if the deceased would have chosen to hire a taxi, instead of rent/ride a motorbike. If the choice existed in Phuket, maybe "they could have seen in 2013."

The lack of proper public transport here is pushing tourists into cars and onto bikes and causing many deaths and injury, or, severely restricting their freedom of movement whilst on their holiday. RIP.

Posted by Harry

Mood - what a moronic thing to say, where in this article does it mention no helmets? Additionally have you seen the helmets sold here? Not worth the waste of time buying them.

Harry - completely agree about the public transport however the taxis are just a massive rip off under the taxi mafia. Compare the prices to the taxi bikes and taxis in the capital, Bangkok.

The authorities should do something but won't.

Posted by Mickey

Mickey– 'moron'? Only an arrogant person would call another that on a public forum. 'They died of massive head injuries' suggests no helmets. And the helmets you talk about cost around 300 baht. I was suggesting the better quality and safer helmets bought for 2-3000 baht which have face guards and better shock absorption. Happy New Year.

Posted by Mood January 1, 2013 05:02:16PM

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood

And I have only one word to say – taxis! We will never know if the deceased would have chosen to hire a taxi, instead of rent/ride a motorbike. If the choice existed in Phuket, maybe "they could have seen in 2013."

The lack of proper public transport here is pushing tourists into cars and onto bikes and causing many deaths and injury, or, severely restricting their freedom of movement whilst on their holiday. RIP.

Posted by Harry

Mood - what a moronic thing to say, where in this article does it mention no helmets? Additionally have you seen the helmets sold here? Not worth the waste of time buying them.

Harry - completely agree about the public transport however the taxis are just a massive rip off under the taxi mafia. Compare the prices to the taxi bikes and taxis in the capital, Bangkok.

The authorities should do something but won't.

Posted by Mickey

Mickey– 'moron'? Only an arrogant person would call another that on a public forum. 'They died of massive head injuries' suggests no helmets. And the helmets you talk about cost around 300 baht. I was suggesting the better quality and safer helmets bought for 2-3000 baht which have face guards and better shock absorption. Happy New Year.

Posted by Mood January 1, 2013 05:02:16PM

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The couple weren't wearing helmets, but having seen the extent of the injuries I doubt they would have saved them.

They were run over and crushed by a heavy vehicle.

Posted by anteo December 31, 2012 10:11:47PM

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Agree about the rubbish helmets. The real problem is that tourists arrive and hire a bike, the only cheap way to get around, without ever having ridden one before. Amazing to see some of them wobbling along the road. They take death into their own hands, not knowing how truly dangerous it is here.

Posted by mike December 31, 2012 01:32:58PM

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood

And I have only one word to say – taxis! We will never know if the deceased would have chosen to hire a taxi, instead of rent/ride a motorbike. If the choice existed in Phuket, maybe "they could have seen in 2013."

The lack of proper public transport here is pushing tourists into cars and onto bikes and causing many deaths and injury, or, severely restricting their freedom of movement whilst on their holiday. RIP.

Posted by Harry

Mood - what a moronic thing to say, where in this article does it mention no helmets? Additionally have you seen the helmets sold here? Not worth the waste of time buying them.

Harry - completely agree about the public transport however the taxis are just a massive rip off under the taxi mafia. Compare the prices to the taxi bikes and taxis in the capital, Bangkok.

The authorities should do something but won't.

Posted by Mickey December 31, 2012 11:13:23AM

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood

And I have only one word to say – taxis! We will never know if the deceased would have chosen to hire a taxi, instead of rent/ride a motorbike. If the choice existed in Phuket, maybe "they could have seen in 2013."

The lack of proper public transport here is pushing tourists into cars and onto bikes and causing many deaths and injury, or, severely restricting their freedom of movement whilst on their holiday. RIP.

Posted by Harry December 31, 2012 05:37:38AM

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Shame. But I have only one word to say. Helmets? Ahhh... Foreigners are not immune to head injuries, whatever they may think. A couple of thousand baht could've saved their lives, and they could've seen in 2013. RIP.

Posted by Mood December 30, 2012 08:17:13PM

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