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Ludovic Didier Donny, 36, killed in a Phuket motorcycle crash

First Day on Phuket: Tourist Plunges to Death in Beach Road Ditch

Monday, September 3, 2012

The dead man is Ludovic Didier Donny, 36, and his critically injured companion is Jerome Sebastien Heras, 35.

Original Report

PHUKET: A French tourist plunged to his death from a motorcycle into a ditch within 24 hours of arriving on Phuket, police said today.

Another Frenchman survived the crash alongside Phuket's Karon beach and stayed on the road surface, with the newly-hired Yamaha motorcycle.

The dead man, though, appears to have plunged four metres into a ditch beside Patak Road West - the beach road - outside the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Beach Resort, Phuket's largest resort.

A security guard from the resort telephoned Colonel Boonlert On-Kang about 3.50am when he heard a shocking noise and discovered the motorcycle had crashed on a nearby bend.

''The security guard noticed that the men were talking very loudly to each other as they rode past,'' Colonel Boonlert said.

''The sound of the crash came moments later.''

The men, both in their 30s, were staying at the Valero Guesthouse in Patong, the next beach north of Karon.

Members of the Phuket Ruamjai Rescue Foundation had to descend a sheer wall into the ditch where they found the man had broken his neck.

It took about 30 minutes for the foundation workers to rig a sling to remove the body.

The injured Frenchman was transferred from Patong Hospital to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City, where the body of his friend is in the morgue.

Police believe the pair had been drinking.

Phuketwan has the names of both men but is awaiting confirmation that their families in france have been notified before publishing them.


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03.50 a.m.... Patong's bars have been closed yesterday. They went to Karon on their 1st night on the island, where live was on and normal.

Booze ban victims ?

Posted by Resident on September 3, 2012 13:38


Patong Bars could start selling alcohol at midnight and I bet most opened at normal hours but did just not sell alcohol until then.

It's no secret that many times you can also get your drink served in a coffee cup during a ban.

Posted by Andrew on September 3, 2012 16:15


This is nothing less than tragic...

Posted by Ted Davis on September 3, 2012 17:49


i wonder if he had an international driving permit and was licenced to ride the bike?insurance wont cover him if not - if he was drunk, well - there you go

Posted by andy on September 3, 2012 19:27


@ andy
you forgot to mention a helmet
Maybe lucky, for one or the other: only one motorcycle!

Posted by ??? on September 3, 2012 21:57


Wow, another bad week for the French in southern Thailand. Three deaths in only two weeks ... fire, speedboat and motorbike.

Posted by geoff on September 4, 2012 06:21


very sad and tragic...
lots of unguarded,unlit, dangerous "drop offs" from roads,under construction or otherwise around Thailand.

Posted by david on September 4, 2012 07:34


You mentioned at the end of this publication that you didn't want to mention their names, incase their families had not heard...But you did! At the top of the page? And also included his picture...very contradictive (moderated)

Posted by Anonymous on September 5, 2012 14:19

Editor Comment:

Perhaps you need to re-read the last paragraph. It says: ''Phuketwan has the names of both men but is awaiting confirmation that their families in France have been notified before publishing them.''

We're really not that interested in nit-pickers. As this is your first post, please be aware that our policy changed earlier this year:

PHUKETWAN hereby alters its policy on the posting of Comments and bans whingers, whiners, do-nothings, dingbats, doomsayers, carpers, harpers and kooks. This list may grow with time. Constructive ideas and new pieces of information remain welcome.

Thursday December 9, 2021
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