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Phuket Expat Restaurant Owner Dies After Motorcycle Crash

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
PHUKET: A popular expat Frenchman known to most by his first name, Pascal, has been killed in a solo motorcycle crash in the south of Phuket.

Friends have confirmed that Pascal, who ran La Chaumiere restaurant, died in Vachira Hospital in Phuket City today after crashing off a road in Rawai about 5.30am on Monday.

Pascal's restaurant, considered to be one of the best French restaurants on Phuket, is in Moo 7, Sai Yuan Road, Rawai.

Pascal crashed into a power pole in Sai Yuan Road early on Monday. He was not wearing a helmet.

It is believed he lived on Phuket for about seven years and had a Thai girlfriend.

His body remains at the Phuket City hospital. Funeral arrangements are yet to be made.

Two Frenchmen drowned on Phuket beaches in the preceding three days: Stephane Dacosta, 32, at Freedom Beach on Sunday and Angelo Piazza, 53, at Karon on Friday.


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May he RIP I just bought a new helmet today 650b.

Posted by LJ on May 23, 2012 14:26


A tragedy of course, but why do so many expats think that they they can simply ignore the laws they don't agree with?

He certainly would not get away with that in France, so why Thailand? Unfortunately it looks like he paid the price for his lawlessness.

Posted by Michael S. on May 23, 2012 16:48


You're right Michael, he made a choice. The advantage is here people have the choice, at home with stricter law enforcement they don't. Do you want to live in a society were you has a choice or where the choice is taken away 'to protect you against yourself'?

I prefer living here, and yes, do sometimes ride the bike without helmet.

Posted by stevenl on May 23, 2012 17:56


LJ 650 B is still not enough for a good strong helmet, but don't test it on a power pole anyway; as a good restaurateur at 5:30 for sure he came back from the veg market, to get the freshests ones; "reposes en paix mon gars"

Posted by egres on May 23, 2012 20:04



Yes, he did make a choice. A stupid one, since he is now D.E.A.D.
And actually, there is a law governing helmet use here in Thailand, the fact that laws exist but are not enforced is hardly a cause for celebration. I guess you also sing your praises to environmental laws, pollution laws, drunk driving laws etc etc are also ignored by people making "choices".

Posted by christian on May 23, 2012 20:11


Is Angelo Piazza a French person?
Can you confirm the news?
His name and surname sound Italian.
However, RIP.

Posted by antonio on May 23, 2012 20:35


Motorcyclists if you think you have a 10 dollar head, buy a $10 crash helmet.
p.s Check the labels for design rule compliance and if none, it's a helmet for decoration only!

Posted by traveller on May 23, 2012 22:57



My question was: do you want to live in a country where the law is strictly enforced, or in a country where you have the freedom to make a choice for yourself. I have made my choice, partly because of this freedom.

PTW, Pascal RIP.

Posted by stevenl on May 24, 2012 07:35


I want laws to be strictly enforced. But also want the laws to be logical and make common sense.

Posted by christian on May 24, 2012 10:33


Hi Christian, well if you want logical laws and strict enforcement then you are...and I really hate to break the news to the wrong place !

Posted by Bjarne on May 24, 2012 12:03

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