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Expat Carlo Somaini is protected by a woman after a crash yesterday

Phuket Expat Breaks Leg in Motorcycle Tumble

Friday, July 12, 2013
PHUKET: Phuket expat Carlo Somaini was recovering in hospital today after breaking a leg in a fall from a motorcycle.

According to police, Mr Somaini, 54, from Switzerland, lost control and tumbled from his motorcycle in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket's main north-south artery, about 1.30pm near the Heroines Monument.

He had swerved to avoid a motorcycle entering the highway from the left without looking.

A woman sheltered him from the sun with am umbrella and trucks formed a barrier to protect him from passing traffic.

A disproportionate number of tourists and expats become road toll statistics.

With 2013 more than half over, Phuketwan is unable to provide any indication as to how many people have died and been injured on Phuket's roads.

In a change of police from April last year, Public Health on Phuket ceased issuing statistics about Phuket's road toll.

Before then, updates were issued each month, helping to alert people to the need for caution on Phuket's roads.

With no statistics being released, tourists and residents are unable to tell whether the road toll is rising or falling, and whether the safety battle is being won or lost.

What we can say with certainty is that Mr Somaini, recovering in Bangkok Hospital Phuket from his broken leg, will be among thousands who will be injured on Phuket's roads this year.

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Hes lucky - only a broken leg. No sign of a helmet either.

Hat off to that lady though.

Posted by Ciaran on July 12, 2013 12:57

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We want the figures back! What is the government hiding? Putting the tourist Baht before covering up the terrible number of accidents.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on July 12, 2013 13:01

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My compliments to the lady kneeling in the road --- compassionate, responsible. Makes me feel as good as the two ladies who supported the rape victim last monrh.

Posted by ssresident on July 12, 2013 17:14

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Fantastic from that lady, but lets not forget the trucks as well, that formed a barrier around the victim for oncoming traffic. It happens so often that a driver, or rider comes from a side road without looking or stopping. Why are there even stop signs ? Education in schools should be about these factors, about real life. Why does it seem that so many drivers are always in a hurry? Places to go? People to see? Or just plain ignorant?

Posted by Charles on July 12, 2013 17:49

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Sheltered from sun looks wet & overcast to me, what a amazing change to see a barrier around the guy a kindly woman, used to be drive off don't get involved & blame the farang right or wrong and demand compensation,the guy is in shorts, thongs , a sun shirt no helmet no protection from gravel rash in what appears wet conditions, he got off light.

Posted by slickmelb on July 12, 2013 19:55

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Best wishes for a speedy recovery for the gentleman, and hopes he might consider a helmet and shoes (rather than flip-flops) when he motorbikes in future.

Posted by Hanuman on July 13, 2013 00:28

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the main thing is news and everyone knows better, I hope no one has to see her suffer so his own father and can not even be with him .... is not like the cares of the family! but only to the news, he was not to blame and he has been wearing a helmet!

Posted by daugther on July 13, 2013 07:36

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No helmet visible, Ciaran? Just because it's not visible on the pictures? Maybe it's serving as a pillow right here? Jumping to conclusions very quickly.

Posted by Hopelander on July 13, 2013 20:52


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