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Patcharin Iammai, 35, wants to fly to Germany with her husband's body

Phuket Woman Tells of Crash That Sent Her Flying and Ended Her Dreams

Monday, December 7, 2015
PHUKET: Patcharin Iammai remembers the crash that sent her flying from the motorcycle, along with her German husband, a Lufthansa engineer.

It was in Patak Road, Karon, after 11pm on Thursday. They had ridden down the road to a 7-Eleven and were returning home after buying a snack.

''The road was clear and we were struck from behind,'' she said from her bed at Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

''The wheel of the car crossed my stomach. My husband was stuck under the left wheel. The driver tried to keep going, and ran the car, with the accellerator revving, back and forth against my husband.

''He was too big a man so she couldn't get the car over him. Other people surrounded the car. I remember a tuk-tuk driver hammering on the window, telling the driver 'Stop! Stop! There's a man under your car!.''

Andreas Walter, 47, from Frankfurt, was considered to be the most severely injured so an ambulance sped him to Vachira Phuket Hospital, where the emergency ward has plenty of expertise in treating severe motorcycle crash victims.

Thailand's roads rank among the worst in the world for injuries and deaths, and Phuket is no safer, despite having a large number of expat residents.

Badly injured herself, Khun Patcharin - better known as ''Tan'' - was taken to Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

The following day, friends tried to keep her cheerful and doctors didn't want her told that her husband had died that morning. But she knew.

Talking wistfully to Phuketwan, today, her deepest regret is never having the chance to say goodbye, to say ''I love you'' one more time.

An engineer as well as being the owner of the Elephant Cafe by Tan in Karon, Khun Tan wants to accompany her husband's body back to Germany just as soon as she is well enough to travel.

She wants to tell his relatives in Germany what happened, in person.

For Khun Tan, one of the lasting memories is that she and Andreas were planning a family. After 10 years of catching up two or three times a year, settling down together was their new priority.

So far, she has yet to be interviewed by an officer from Karon Police Station. Her family has been told the woman driver, aged 42, was not breath-tested for drugs or alcohol.

Lieutenant Nipon Temsang told Phuketwan that the driver has been charged with dangerous driving. Other charges could be laid as the investigation proceeds.

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Rest in peace, Andy!

Posted by herbert on December 7, 2015 19:04

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Its a shame the police do not breath test the drivers at these incidents automatically for alcohol - commonplace in other countries.

With all the new breathalyzers on the island there is no excuse other than 'influence' for not conducting the tests especially as the above report seems to indicate the woman was trying to leave the scene.

Posted by Mister Ree on December 7, 2015 19:23

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"Her family has been told the woman driver, aged 42, was not breath-tested for drugs or alcohol" - the woman must have known that he was under the car. The problem is people are not punished enough, saying that what type of person keeps revving a car. (moderated)

Posted by This is Thailand on December 7, 2015 19:40

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Phuket is no safer despite having a large number of expat residents.
You mean they large group of DUI

Posted by FS on December 7, 2015 19:42

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Hardly an accurate comment, FS.

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Very sad indeed. RIP.

Posted by Michael on December 7, 2015 19:53

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And the punishment is......nothing or no jail time.....TIT (This is Thailand) How could someone drive into a motorbike and with a person underneath then try and rev to drive over them and escape.

Posted by Nothing on December 7, 2015 22:11

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Perhaps his German family and friends can help her travel to Germany as there is more money normally per person there than in Phuket for sure. Surely the lady that drove the car will have to pay huge money for this?

Posted by Hope on December 8, 2015 00:56

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sounds horrific

Posted by Michael on December 8, 2015 07:51

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My heart goes out to his friends and family ... what a tragic loss of life.

I would like to say I'm shocked that the driver wasn't tested for drink or drugs but alas that's Thailand where law enforcement is almost non-existent.

If she wasn't under the influence then she surely would have known something or in this case 'someone' was under her car and yet her actions clearly indicate she was attempting to flee the scene ... another despicable trait we've come to expect.

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Phuket's roads are not getting safer mainly due to the lack of care, training and ultimately law enforcement.

Posted by Graham on December 8, 2015 09:16

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Heartbreaking, when you see the Photograph of them enjoying there Dinner in a Restaurant...

Then this.....

Posted by robert on December 8, 2015 10:15

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Where is the driver now, why did you not name her in your article?

Posted by Question on December 8, 2015 17:23

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You have to be crazy to get on motorcycle in Thailand. All tourist should be warned to never ever rent a bike or even take motorbike taxi. The risk is too high.
Avoid mini-vans or tuk-tuk as well, dangerous death traps.

Posted by Steve Vanderberg on December 8, 2015 18:29

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So Vachira Phuket Hospital it`s better end Bangkok Hospital in ICU ?, And whast you married in Europe then you have some income after this very very bad accident and i am very sorry fore that.
And have husband Insure and driving license fore Thailand, sorry but i must ask.

Posted by Bjorn Ronningen on December 10, 2015 12:18

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Any information what has happened to the woman driver?
Do we have to duck or is she in police custody?

Posted by herbert on December 22, 2015 11:30


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