The case involving Bryn Murfett, 29, is regarded as an example of the way Phuket police are cowed by Phuket's tuk-tuk and taxi drivers.
The tuk-tuk driver fled soon after crashing into the motorcycle in Karon on August 11, and a Phuket police report and crash photos later ''disappeared''.
Mr Murfett, travelling pillion, and the rider of the motorcycle were yelled at by the tuk-tuk driver before he fled. He never apologised.
Phuketwan interviewed Mr Murfett and the rider, Sirinya Yiamchaiyaphum, 32, after the crash but efforts to have the police look more closely into what happened failed.
Mr Murfett spent the past three months at a rehab unit in Australia, gaining upper body strength and skills to allow him to live independently in a wheelchair.
Fractures of his T7 and T8 vertebrae have left him paralysed from the lower chest down, the Herald Sun newspaper reports.
His $150 travel insurance at least relieved him from having to worry about the $100,000 medical bill he incurred in three weeks at the Bangkok Hospital Phuket in Phuket City.
His home town of Warrnambool has rallied behind him and girlfriend Carley Hickman as they returned home this week.
''Mentally, I keep looking forward, focusing on the future and not looking back,'' he said. But he is unlikely to forget being yelled at as he lay on the street that night, unable to move his legs to get clear.
His parents, Murray and Bronwen, have returned to work, cake stalls have sold out, and sausages have been sizzled as part of the 4Bryn Appeal, which aims to raise $100,000.
Local tradesmen and businesses have donated fittings and labor to modify his home for a wheelchair.
A $20,000 exercise bike that uses electrical currents to stimulate leg muscles is top of his wish list, along with car modifications and a $9000 wheelchair.
''He's always been very determined,'' Ms Hickman said. ''That's why he's here today.''
Details for donations are available at www.facebook.com/4Bryn
Detailed statistics about the road toll on Phuket were released each month until April 2012, when officials stopped publication updates.