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Phuket expat dies after being hit by ATV in the jungle

Phuket expat dies after being hit by ATV in the jungle

PHUKET: A French national has died after an American woman on an ATV tour lost control of her vehicle and hit the man and his motorcycle on Soi Klum Yang in Chalong earlier this week.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 18 January 2020, 01:56PM

At around 4pm last Thursday (Jan 16), Lt Col Khanan Somrak of Chalong Police was notified that a foreign woman lost control of her ATV on a hillside track and hit another foreigner causing serious injuries to the latter.

Having arrived at the scene, police discover a red ATV and it's driver, a USA national Onome Alero Adeosun, 39. The woman was laying on the ground with her right arm and collarbone broken.

Further up the ATV track there was a damaged Honda PCX scooter and it's owner, Robert Geoffray, 82, from France. By the time police arrived, the man was unconscious and Chalong Municipality rescue workers were performing CPR .

Both victims were then rushed to Chalong hospital. Mr Geoffray was pronounced dead on arrival while Ms Adeosun was transferred to Bangkok Siriroj Hospital for further treatment.

From questioning witnesses, Lt Col Khanan learned that Miss Adeosun lost control of the ATV and hit Mr Geoffray who was standing beside his bike.

Lt Col Khanan said that police has not made any decision regarding what charges Ms Adeosun will face. The officers plan to question the woman after she is discharged from the hospital.

American and French embassies were informed about the incident.

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A friend of Mr Geoffray, who was present at the scene, told The Phuket News that he had an appointment with him and two other friends on Soi Klum Yang near the top of the hill at about 3.45pm on that day.

“Robert parked his scooter at the edge of a very wide track and was waiting for our arrival. Then a convoy of six to eight ATVs arrived and began U-turning to go to the parking area. Everything went on normally, until the appearance of the last vehicle which was a little late. The lady driving the ATV lost control of her vehicle and it struck Robert who was standing next to his scooter sending him some 5 metres down the track”, Mr Geoffray's friend said.

According to the man, among the people at the site there happened to be an English nurse, who started performing CPR before rescue workers arrived but failed to save the French national.

“He died in front of my eyes”, Mr Geoffray's friend said.

“Bravo to the courage of this nurse who tried everything”, the man added and then raised the question of public safety near ATV tracks.

“When will they ban or at least regularise these dangerous and very polluting devices? I walk in the jungle almost every day and in principle avoid this kind of places, but that day the ATV track was just the starting point for a little walk. I lost a dear friend who was a friend of many other people as well. Robert and I have lived in Phuket for many years”, he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 20 January 2020 - 15:05:05

Yes,blame the ATV operator,the police and the whole government for this.Nobody can expect from tourists to show common sense when being involved in dangerous/challenging activities in Thailand.

CaptainJack69 | 20 January 2020 - 12:52:42

@HubertK: Designated ATV track? What planet are you living on?

Manneken pis | 19 January 2020 - 20:18:32

@HubertK. This is public land and public road where unregistered vehicles should not operate 

Kurt | 19 January 2020 - 11:22:43

According the thai laws, ATV's, as they are operational without registration plates, etc, etc, even driving on public roads  with tourists without proper driving license, are completely illegal, but allowed. Why? To charge a tourist lady, driving in good faith it was legal, who lost control of  ATV can't be seen for real. The ATV company should be charged.

HubertK | 19 January 2020 - 11:02:31

If it is a designated ATV track, no one should stay near it.

megamind | 19 January 2020 - 07:28:19

All this ATV are pieces of rubbish. Can see them broken and left on jungle trails nearly everywhere. An even worste they allowed to drive this these vehicles to people who don't even have a motorbike license

Wiesel | 18 January 2020 - 23:41:40

What kind of drivinglicence is needed to drive a ATV in thailand???

biggles72 | 18 January 2020 - 22:48:30

Instead of charging the woman, how about charging the tour operator who clearly didnt train the woman or confirm her competence. Why because they are useless and want an easy dollar.

Manneken pis | 18 January 2020 - 21:52:11

Thank you for writing about this. Robert was also a member of Phuket HHH and that is why he knew these mountains so well. I find it regrettable that the police mention charges only towards the American tourist who was on the ATV but not towards the company that allows and guide people on public roads with vehicles without immatriculation or insurance 

Kurt | 18 January 2020 - 20:15:58

Perhaps this woman never drove a ATV,  not yet talking about a hill track. This whole ATV business should be terminated. See them even driving very clumsy on the public mountain road to Big Buddha. Things are not registered, no license plates, not pay taxes, perhaps not obligated to have a insurance. It is all together a money making disgrace. Probably 'legalised' with brown envelopes. 

Nasa12 | 18 January 2020 - 15:35:15

Watch these ATVs on the road between Rawai and Kata every day, up to 15 at a time on the main road.  The Chalong police had a check point where these ATVs drove but never gave a ticket to these, as many tourists complained about this they moved the control 400 meters and only stop tourists. R.I.P Robert Geoffray. 

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