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Pattaya: US pensioner killed after collision with tree in central reservation - microsleep blamed

 

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Na Jomtien police were called after a Mitsubishi Triton with Bangkok plates slammed into a frangipani tree in the central reservation of Sukhumvit Road (KM 158) yesterday around lunchtime.

 

The site of the accident is the main road between Pattaya and Sattahip.

 

Slumped behind the wheel unconscious but still breathing was 74 year old American Ronald Ma Silvestro.

 

Ban Muang reported that the portly man was given first aid and CPR at the scene then taken to Wat Yansangwararam hospital.

 

Despite the best efforts of doctors he later succumbed to his injuries and died.

 

Pol Capt Pongsawat Momongkhun of the Na Jomtien constabulary said that witnesses saw the vehicle veer into and mount the central reservation before hitting the tree.

 

He suspects that a microsleep or what the Thais call "lap nai" was to blame.

 

Source: Banmuang

 

 

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4 hours ago, Rimmer said:

 

The kerb to the central reservation where the trees are is quite high so not sure how the truck could have jumped it into the tree.

 

I said to my wife because of the CPR going on that it looked like he had a stroke or heart attack rather than falling sleep.

RIP mr Ronald.

 

Many elderly farangs die in Pattaya this month. Belgium, German, UK and this USA man.

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7 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

heart attack, stroke...

not much damage to the truck.

RIP.

 

agree, the damage does not indicate he died due to the impact unless he wasn't wearing his seatbelt but even then it is still hard to believe - it matters not a jot at the end of the day 

 

RIP

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16 hours ago, Thaiwrath said:

Why suspect anything, when he hasn't got a <deleted> clue ?

Best say nothing, and wait for the expert's opinion.

R.I.P.

Could be anything, a minor stroke or cardiac issue, why say anything. 

Just an opportunity to say something in vogue!  

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7 minutes ago, hobobo said:

I was under impression that micro sleep was an occupation reserved exclusively for Thais...

RIP Mr Ronald

Not so. It's been known about in the developed countries for years.

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cardio vascular seemingly more likely...

 

 - the News made a concerted point with his 'portly' description

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