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Brit expat charged for horrific Phuket accident

PHUKET: Police confirmed today (Oct 17) that British expat Paul John Mercer has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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By Tavee Adam

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 03:13PM


The victim’s body was torn apart by the force of the impact. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The victim’s body was torn apart by the force of the impact. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Mercer was driving northbound on Thepkrasattri Rd in Muang Mai, Thalang at 4:45am last Wednesday (Oct 10) when his Mercedes-Benz C250 struck a man who was collecting recyclable litter from alongside the road opposite the PTT petrol station.

The man, who police have yet to name, was torn to pieces by the impact, with parts of his body left strewn across the road. (See story here.)

Capt Warawud Sansop of the Thalang Police told The Phuket News today (Oct 17), “Officers are (still*) waiting for results of blood tests done by the hospital to check his (Mercer’s) alcohol level.

However, he added that even without those test results, “Police yesterday charged Mr Mercer with reckless driving causing death.”

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Capt Warawud declined to reveal the results of the alcohol blood test or whether Mercer was tested for any other substances, or reveal any further details about the case, including whether Mercer had been released on bail.

A worker from the PTT petrol station who witnessed the accident said that the deceased was a man who always collected sellable rubbish from the area.

At the time of the accident he was collecting plastic bottles from the side of the road when the car crashed into him and dragged him about 40 metres before coming to a stop.


* Correction: The police have still not received the alcohol blood test results from the hospital. The error is regretted.

 

 

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MartinK | 19 October 2018 - 08:15:37

Rene see the article "4:45am"

Rene | 18 October 2018 - 14:58:58

Whats the problem about the damage at the car ? The car was at the overtake line and the pedestrian was near the middle of the 4 line road to collect tge rubbish there. Dangerous thing to do this on that road !! Anyway, the driver should see the pedestrian, 4.45 pm is not in the darkness. High speed and reckless driving is the point !

DeKaaskopp | 18 October 2018 - 14:48:07

He was dragged over 40 meters,body parts spread all over the street,heavy damage done to the front of the car.Every person with common sense would think about high speed and therefore calling it reckless driving.Except Kurt ! He calls it a bit premature by RTP. Probably he wouldn't if a foreigner were run over.

Kurt | 18 October 2018 - 13:36:51

Yes, khun Wiesel, and we drive on Phuket on the left side of the road. Correct? I meet often motorbike ghost drivers, but fortunately never a car.  :-)      Do you?

CaptainJack | 18 October 2018 - 12:02:31

Yup. We drive on the left in Thailand (even though so many Thais seem to think otherwise) so the damage to the car doesn't make sense. Clearly this is not as cut and dry as the RTP would like to make out.

Wiesel | 18 October 2018 - 11:45:48

Kurt, does not every street have a left and a right side??

Kurt | 18 October 2018 - 11:05:24

Seen the damage of the car at the drivers side it makes to think that the rubbish collector ( RIP) was not working at the side of the road. Perhaps he was crossing the bad illuminated road in dark clothes. It happens to me sometimes, getting shocked by seeing late unpredictable behaving people on the dark roads in dark clothes. Waiting for alcohol test outcome now a  premature RTP charge.

Shwe | 18 October 2018 - 07:08:05

damage to the car is on the drivers side, where was the rubbish collectors vehicle?

BenPendejo | 17 October 2018 - 18:56:43

Jeez...horrendous. At 4:45 AM, I'd be willing to bet that Khun farang had a few in him. This guy will be wishing he was in the same league as the Red Bull murderer.  That way he would be out golfing and vacationing and partying in Europe...and probably still drinking and driving.

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