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Phuket Tourist Killed in Patong Motorcycle Fall

Friday, May 10, 2013
PHUKET: A 22-year-old tourist was killed when his head struck the pavement in Patong as he fell from his motorcycle.

The crash came at 1.30am yesterday as the man from Kasakhstan turned at the intersection of Soi Nat Patong and Thaweewong Road, by the football field.

When his black-bronze rented Yamaha hit water, he tumbled off and struck his helmetless head hard.

The man died before paramedics were able to transport him to Patong Hospital.

Phuketwan has been given a name but will not publish it until relatives have been notified.

The tourist's death is the latest in a string of deaths of expat motorcyclists that have mostly involved riders losing control on curves or bends.

An unusually high propertion of deaths on Phuket roads involve young visitors or residents who come off motorcycles.

Figues for the road toll on Phuket have not been released for 2012 or the first four months of 2013.

Monthly updates that were once a regular feature of an ongoing campaign to reduce the toll have not been issued since April last year.

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No helmet. Foolhardy. can't blame anyone else for this.

Posted by May on May 10, 2013 08:50

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Very sad news. These mopeds are death traps for the inexperienced who are not ready for loss of front wheel grip. With the amount of diesel on the roads in Phuket it only takes a small amount of moisture to turn them into an ice skating rink. Always hire a car myself as not even a helmet is enough protection on these roads.

Posted by Ty on May 10, 2013 09:39

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Thai law treats motorbikes larger than 250cc quite differently from the smaller ones. Several additional conditions apply to registration and insurance issues, although unfortunately the same motorbike license acquired riding a scooter allows you to drive a 1000cc sports bike too.

I know the driver is ultimately responsible but in the name of saving lives, perhaps something should be done to make it more difficult to rent heavy and powerful motorbikes to inexperienced drivers.

Not sure if that was a factor in this situation since the story doesn't reveal what type of bike it was. Naturally the road is also just as hard falling off a scooter than it is falling off a Yamaha R1.

Big bikes are however more difficult to control and the nature of Phuket traffic does not make it one bit easier either.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Stephen on May 10, 2013 10:48

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My condolences and understanding to his family, My next door neighbour broke his shoulder on the same corner and I am still recovering from my accident the next corner along the beach ,both times excess water on the road.

Posted by Anonymous on May 10, 2013 21:06


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