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Pregnant Mother, Family Killed In Phuket Road Accident

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Pregnant mother, family killed in Phuket road accident

Phuket Gazette

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The scene of the accident on Srisoonthorn Road in Phuket last night. Photo: Wichai Witthawat.

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The wreckage of the family’s Phuket registered Honda motorbike, which apparently hit a road sign support after the initial impact with the Nissan. Photo: Wichai Witthawat.

PHUKET: -- A family of three from Uttaradit province died when their motorcycle was hit by a pick-up truck in the rainy conditions in Phuket last night. Also killed was the unborn child of the pregnant mother.

Thalang Police were notified of an accident near the entrance to the Baan Wana housing estate on Srisoonthorn Road, about three kilometers west of the Phuket Heroines’ Monument, at about 9:30pm.

Led by duty officer Somkhid Khawsang, Thalang Police and Phuket Kusoldharm Foundation workers raced to the scene, where they found a crumpled motorbike and three bodies lying on the pavement.

Dead at the scene from multiple trauma injuries were 25-year-old Uttaradit native Suphat Punted and a boy aged about nine or ten years, presumed to be his son.

Kusoldharm Foundation workers performed CPR on the only survivor, a woman in her 20s presumed to be the wife of the late Mr Suphat. She was still alive when she reached the emergency ward at Thalang Hospital, but died shortly thereafter. A preliminary examination of the body by medical staff found the woman was six or seven months pregnant.

Only Mr Suphat was carrying identification at the time of the crash.

Nearby the motorbike was a Phuket-registered Nissan Navara pick-up truck turned over on its side, with a badly damaged front bumper and hood, its headlights still illuminated.

Police found the driver, a man in his 40s, among the crowd gathered at the scene.

Sensing the potential for danger among the growing crowd of locals who braved the rain to view the accident scene, they took the man into custody for his own protection as well as initial charging.

The driver did not flee the scene, as some media have reported.

Thalang Police initially suspect that the driver of the motorbike, presumed to have been Mr Suphat, may have been at fault for pulling out of a side soi too quickly for the truck to brake in time. They will continue to investigate the cause of the crash today, a rescue worker told the Gazette.

No crash helmets were found at the scene, he added.

The area where the crash took place is a straight, well-lit section of Srisoonthorn Road.

The poorly-lit, curved stretch to the east of last night's accident has been the site of numerous fatal road accidents over the years, the most recent being the death of a Phuket Wittayalai student who crashed into the back of a pickup on Friday afternoon.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...ticle12447.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-02-29

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And another one .... in a country where people can be 3 or 4 on a motorcycle without helmet or good quality helmet is usual . I feel sorry for the kid and pregnant woman , very sad story indeed. But I doubt legislation will ever change , mentality of people should evolute otherwise nothing will ever change and Thailand will still be seen as a country under development, nothing else.

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When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of people riding scooters in a manner that is totally unsafe? 3+ people at a time or by kids barely old enough to wipe their own <deleted>?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of poorly lit, poorly maintained roads?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of unsafe cars and drivers, kids on the roads?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of signages that often obscure warning signs that are intended to improve safety on the roads?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of doing nothing about the problems that occur on a daily basis instead of reacting in a state of shock or horror, when these things do happen???????

When will, when will?????????????

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R.I.P.

Condolences to the families.

Other comments withheld for the sake of sensitivity.

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Another tragic loss of 4 lives. This is not the moment to discuss helmets and driving proficiency. RIP

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Another waste of innocent lives,it seems to be every day or every other day I read about tragic accidents and loss of life on Phuket roads.

My condolences RIP.

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When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of people riding scooters in a manner that is totally unsafe? 3+ people at a time or by kids barely old enough to wipe their own <deleted>?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of poorly lit, poorly maintained roads?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of unsafe cars and drivers, kids on the roads?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of signages that often obscure warning signs that are intended to improve safety on the roads?

When will Thailand do anything about the propensity of doing nothing about the problems that occur on a daily basis instead of reacting in a state of shock or horror, when these things do happen???????

When will, when will?????????????

NEVER

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thailand, the hub of places where as a farang it is dangerous to assume that your life is worth more than a motorcycle... how many times in my own moo baan that i almost was crushed by an ahole that turns his car just in front of me thinking that he must have priority over everything... not later than this morning, 2 women driving a bicycle, comming on the road, a car comes from a side street and does not stop at all to give priority, he almost crushes the two ladies in front of me, that have to make an ivase manoeuvre not to get crushed

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And another one .... in a country where people can be 3 or 4 on a motorcycle without helmet or good quality helmet is usual . I feel sorry for the kid and pregnant woman , very sad story indeed. But I doubt legislation will ever change , mentality of people should evolute otherwise nothing will ever change and Thailand will still be seen as a country under development, nothing else.

What has a helmet go to do with it! ? Would stop people crashing into people?

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Another tragic loss of 4 lives. This is not the moment to discuss helmets and driving proficiency. RIP

So when is.. belive you can moderate what we say but not when we say it... something has to happen to Phuket's traffic system. and enforcement thereof

Condolences and RIP in all sincerity but let not the loss of these lives be totally in vain yet again.

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This poor unfortunate family wiped out... victims yet again on Phuket roads. RIP to the family.

Any civilised society that genuinely cares about its people would do something. The authorities through the police would enforce even basic rules of the road.

As with everything else in Thailand it is down to money and what can be extracted. It may be more financially attractive for the police to actually police the roads, pool all the legit fines for traffic infringements and divvy it up legally. There would, as with every change be problems, but not as bad as the current problems.

Just a thought.

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Another tragic loss of 4 lives. This is not the moment to discuss helmets and driving proficiency. RIP

Really? When is the time to discuss it? After a few more hundred kids die

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