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Update: Phuket Expat Dies After Motorcycle Crash in Central Phuket

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
UPDATE

THE family of Christopher Hart in Manchester has been told of his death, said his brother-in-law, Stephen Brierley, who also lives on Phuket. He said Mr Hart, who worked as a teacher, was heading home to his wife and three-year-old son after cricket practice.

Original Report

PHUKET: A British expat resident died early today after a motorcycle crash in central Phuket, on the island's main highway.

The man, aged 44, slammed into the rear of a pickup in Thepkasattri Road, Thalang.

The pickup had slowed or halted in the north-bound turn lane for the entrance to the Tesco Lotus complex in Thalang about 9.30pm.

The injured man was taken a short distance to Thalang Hospital, which is opposite the Tesco Lotus complex. No safety helmet was found at the scene of the crash.

The man died in hospital at 12.52am today. It is believed he lived on Phuket with other members of his family.

The pickup driver and his wife, who was also in the vehicle, are to be interviewed later today.

Phuketwan has been given the dead man's name but is withholding publication until relatives have been notified.

A disproportionate number of expat residents and tourists are killed in motorcycle crashes on Phuket.

Phuket Public Health is conducting a campaign to reduce the road toll but has ceased issuing monthly updates.

When the last monthly tally was issued for April, the number of deaths on Phuket's roads was trending down. The toll has been steadily reduced over the past few years.

However, the number of injured and maimed remains at alarming levels, largely because lack of a safe alternative public transport network on Phuket means many people choose to ride motorcycles.

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However, the number of injured and maimed remains at alarming levels, largely because lack of a safe alternative public transport network on Phuket means many people choose to ride motorcycles. But it amazes me that the traffic lights have been turned off by the hospital in Patong and also at another major junction nearby. You take your life in your hands everytime you go through them

Posted by mick.s on November 7, 2012 12:19

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Really sad. Condolescences to the family

Posted by cekipa on November 7, 2012 12:56

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My sincere condolences to the family of Christopher Hart! I share in your deep loss! A sad reminder, but needed, to drive with utmost attention on the busy Phuket Roads.

Posted by Anonymous on November 7, 2012 14:48

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Sad to hear another tragic loss of life.
All riders out there, please wear your safety helmet !
It doesn't matter how slow you go or short the distance maybe, the risks are just too great. Buying a decent helmet which conforms to all the right standards can make so much difference.

Posted by reader on November 7, 2012 15:44

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I personally knew this man and was very saddened to hear the news. RIP Chris love Joanna and eggy x x

Posted by Joanna on November 8, 2012 17:34

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To Chris;
Thank you so much for helping all of our children with their English studies. You are a great person; warm, kind and unselfish.
You will always be remembered in our hearts.

Our deepest condolences to the the family from all of us at the Barnhem Muang Mai orphanage.

Posted by Hans Forssell on November 15, 2012 14:23


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