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Canadian tourist charged for killer Phuket U-turn

PHUKET: A 37-year-old Canadian tourist has been charged with reckless driving causing death and injury after his attempted U-turn across the path of two motorbikes on Chao Fa West Rd in Chalong late yesterday afternoon (Aug 21) left one of the riders dead and the other in hospital.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 22 August 2017, 11:30AM


Lt Chanat Hongsitthichaikul of the Chalong Police, who is leading the investigation into the accident, declined to reveal the Canadian man’s name.

“He was driving from Phuket Town toward Chalong (southbound), then made a U-turn in front of Siriyanyon motorbike dealership, about 100 meters from the entrance to Tesco Lotus Chalong,” Lt Chanat said.

The accident occurred at about 4pm, Lt Chanat noted.

The accident was recorded on the motorbike dealer’s shopfront CCTV, which showed the white Toyota Vios being driven by the Canadian man initiating a U-turn then being struck by two motorbikes travelling at speed halfway through the manoeuvre.

One of the motorbike riders, named by police as Pririya Kraikeaw, 24, was pronounced dead of head injuries at Vachira Phuket Hospital. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, Lt Chanat said.

The force of the impact left the forks and front wheel of the motorbike being driven by Mr Pririya still lodged in the front of the car.

“The second motorbike driver, Trirachat Junsawet, suffered leg injuries. He was wearing a helmet while riding his big bike. He is in Vachira hospital now. I will follow up with more investigation today,” Lt Chanat added.

“The Canadian man was also taken to Vachira Phuket hospital, but he did not have any serious injuries. He is only a tourist, not an expat. He has been charged with reckless driving causing death and injury,” Lt Chanat confirmed.

Video footage at the scene shortly after the accident shows a beer bottle on the ground where the passenger in the front seat exited the car. In Thailand, it is illegal to consume alcohol in a moving vehicle.

Also, the passenger-side airbag of the Vios had been deployed.

Footage at the scene also showed three foreign men waiting nearby. One of them was crouching down, holding his head in what seemed to be a state of distress.

 

 

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pianko | 30 August 2017 - 09:24:23

Dear Faranggg83: My law firm represents the Canadian driver. Please contact us. Thanks. Ted 0828648050

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faranggg83 | 25 August 2017 - 11:30:35

Nobody speak about the speed of this 2 motorcycles?
Speed limit of this area should be 50 or 70 km/h.
This 2 bikers make a race and slalom with car on this road.
I was driving around 70 Km/h and they pass me near gasoline station (500 meter before crash ) at more than double of my speed and make me almost fall down.
Many people see this and tell Police.
Police can check all videos on the road and impact on car for see it.
Don't need to be CSI for see that this 2 bikers was totally Infringement with traffic laws.

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Capt B | 24 August 2017 - 12:23:29

.....and lets not forget about the unfortunate man riding the "big bike". A broken leg and maybe a whole lot worse. As for me, I can envisage his severe anger towards the car driver who made the U Turn.
HOWEVER
The "big biker" should not have to worry about his loss of earnings, possibly until 70 years of age depending on the extent of his injuries.
The "big biker" should not be able to legally lodge any claims against the bad U Turn driver for Compensation as it should all be taken care of by the at fault driver's Compulsory Govt. Approved Third Party Insurance company.

Thai Rego: about 9,500
Thai CPT : about   660

I do not mind, they could increase my CTP 4 x.
And yes, I have Comprehensive Insurance

I do not like driving down the road & having to worry about being sued for being somewhere that I shouldn't have been in the 1st place. Accidents do happen & that is why Insurance Companies do exist.

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Eagle | 24 August 2017 - 11:30:45

Finally all those supremacists and wisenheimer can spill their ideology all over this site without getting countered.Great decision PN.

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Kurt | 23 August 2017 - 12:47:46

Also condolences to family dead motorbikers.
If a motorbiker not drive according the thai traffic laws, meaning, wearing a helmet, obey speed signs, not under influence of alcohol/drugs, not having a health/accident insurance to cover himself, than it is not right to try a 'billing/mediation' on a foreign tourist car driver to make money out of it.

It is about time that people living permanent on tourist island Phuket realize that tourists are not used to undisciplined driving of locals, often without driving license, no helmet, speeding, using iPhone while driving motorbike, etc.
( remember, the 5 high tech road camera's in Phuket town did confirm that thousands of locals not obey the traffic laws. So many that the authorities not even able to collect the fines)
As many Phuket locals make their living from tourism, they should be more careful on the road.
They know/are used to tourists on the road.

The ..."I first, never mind others on the road mentality" often results deadly on tourist island Phuket.
The motorbikers were, according police,  driving 'high speed', that is at that location 'reckless driving'!
The "force of impacts" speak for themselves.

A 'beer bottle on the road story' is not confirming anything, just creating a kind of 'thinking'.
The public is waiting for results of alcohol and drugs test of all involved, living or death.

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Capt B | 23 August 2017 - 07:36:35

Firstly, sincere condolences to the dead motorcyclist's family & friends.

Too bad he was not wearing a helmet which is Thai Law. It may have saved his life and prevented the Canadian man & the victim's family from suffering a lot of grief.

Although the Canadian driver probably committed a Traffic Offence by not carrying out a U Turn in complete safety, I really do not think he should have to pay any compensation to the dead motorcyclist's family as the death would have been caused by a "head injury" which probably would not of occurred had the dead motorcyclist been wearing a helmet of a "reputable standard" (none available in Thai Supermarkets).
In any event, not wearing a helmet should be deemed to be "Contributary Negligence".


Did both motorcyclists & the driver of the car carry out a blood alcohol & meta-amphetamine tests after the accident ? (These tests should be mandatory after an accident where an injury occurs).
If either of the motorcyclists tested positive, all charges & claims for compensation should be dropped by the relevant victim.

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Bigaresort | 23 August 2017 - 07:31:33

I would recommend to leave a.s.a.p.
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