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Teacher Denis Bates, 30, who died after a motorcycle crash on Phuket

Phuket Expat Dies After Crashing Bike Just Before Midnight Curfew

Saturday, May 31, 2014
PHUKET: An Irish expat who died early this afternoon as a result of a motorcycle crash on Phuket may have been rushing home to beat a coup curfew.

Teacher Denis Bates, 30, was taken to Phuket International Hospital then to Vachira Phuket Hospital after his 132.5cc Yamamha Nouvo motorcycle left the road at speed on a curve.

He was travelling along Muang Chaofa Road in Vichit, south of Phuket City, about 11.30pm on Friday night.

His death was reported at the hospital soon after noon today.

Mr Bates, a teacher at Baan Maireab School in eastern Phuket, did not recover consciousness.

The army-imposed curfew requires everyone to be off the roads before midnight throughout Thailand except in emergency or if catching a late flight.

According to an officer at Vichit Police Station, Mr Bates's motorcycle was travelling quite fast when it left the road surface and struck a tree, dislodging his helmet.

Relatives have been notified of his death.


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Its a double tragedy, as the poor guy died despite wearing a helmet. Some foreigners bring their own helmets to Thailand, as local offerings are often SAFETY helmets in name only (substandard ), just another oxymoron, like "Navy Intelligence", or in this case "Amazing Thailand" and "Land of Smiles", at least for the poor victim's friends and loved ones..

Posted by farang888 on May 31, 2014 21:19


Taking the curfew as an excuse to rush is just plain nonsense.
This is what your article lets suppose, Ed.
There are plenty other possibilities: driving under influence, bad road conditions ,inadvertence or collision with another driver among others.
I was on chao-fa road last night way after midnight and haven't noticed any check point.

Posted by Guy on May 31, 2014 23:44

Editor Comment:

We're saddened by the death of this young man and disappointed at your lack of compassion, Guy/william/peter french.


From what I understand normally a full autopsy is not carried out in Thailand however can be if it is paid for. This is a decision for the family or friends to make.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on June 1, 2014 16:41


Thank u editor for ur comment, as a friend of Denis since I was 12 I can say the very same. People just dnt think, the loss of Denis, a true gentleman, is almost too much to bare 4 his family and friends. Think of these people b4 making such comments

Posted by Anonymous on June 1, 2014 20:40


Denis was a true gentleman and loyal friend. Regardless of the circumstances we are all shocked and devastated beyond words at this moment. So please keep your negative comments and thoughts to yourself.

Posted by Anonymous on June 2, 2014 06:28

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