PAUL NORRIS is being repatriated to Scotland and a special DJ Doris day is planned to coincide with his funeral. A ''Celebration of Paul's Life'' wil also be held on Phuket at a time and venue to be confirmed, 91.5 FM's Byron Jones said on Tuesday.
PHUKET: Popular Phuket radio producer and DJ Paul ''the Doris'' Norris was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a taxi at a Phuket intersection early today.
The Phuket 91.5FM personality, aged 45, died as he made a right-hand turn off Chao Fa Road West, at the Sunday Market intersection. The taxi was carrying passengers from Phuket International Airport to Chalong about 2am.
Officers from Vichit Police Station are investigating. The taxi driver was interviewed at the station soon after the crash.
Police said the driver has been charged with at least one offence - reckless driving - and will return to the station this afternoon.
He did not appear to have been drinking. Damage indicated speed was a factor. The intersection lights were flashing orange at the time.
The vehicle was a four-wheel-drive Isuzu with green plates. Mr Norris is believed to have been wearing a helmet.
Paul ''the Doris'' Norris was a partner and founding shareholder in 91.5FM from the beginning of the station in 2008. His voice became familiar to virtually all expat listeners on Phuket.
At the time of the crash, Mr Norris was producer of the afternoon show and broadcasting the breakfast show five mornings a week. He appeared at the opening of the Phuket Boat Show at Royal Phuket Marina on Thursday.
Workers at the popular FM station were shocked by Mr Norris's death. One colleague described Mr Norris as ''a very, very popular person.''
His last message on Facebook read: ''Keeping all you lovely #Phuket people smiling as we are ready to rotate whatever tickles your fancy. sms me for all your music requests.''
The 91.5 online site was being readied to reveal the news to his many Phuket listeners.
Mr Norris's body is at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City. His family in Britain has been notified.
Phuketwan supports the Phuket Mothers or Motorcycles (MoM) action group which promotes 100 percent helmet wearing and greater motorcycle safety.