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Vancouver woman killed, Calgary woman injured in traffic accident in Thailand

By Tamara Baluja, CBC News 

 

Friend who was in jeep was also seriously injured, Canadian consular services say

 

BANGKOK: -- A Vancouver woman's holiday in Thailand ended in tragedy when the jeep she was in rolled down an embankment in heavy rains last week, killing her and severely injuring a friend.

 

Ali Lambert, 22, died from her injuries, her father Doug told CBC.

 

Now, family and friends are trying to raise money to pay for her friend, Nezabravka (Nezi) Borislavova's, medical bills and to bring her back home to Canada.

 

Doug Lambert says his daughter's rented jeep apparently had trouble with heavy rains. as they were driving from Bangkok to Phuket. 

 

"We've been told it hit a light standard," he said. "The jeep was completely destroyed ... Ali was non-responsive when she was taken to the hospital."

 

Full story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-woman-killed-thailand-traffic-accident-1.3949036

 

-- CBC news 2017-01-24

 

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I'll never understand why people travel to places like Thailand and have no insurance to cover them in case of problems.  It places a huge burden on family and friends.  Trip insurance is relatively cheap.  And should have been mandatory when renting a car.  From the article:

 

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"From what I hear, Nezi will be okay. She has a couple of broken bone but she does not have medical insurance," he said.

 

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"She was an artist and adventurer at heart," he said. "She was a real alternative kid. She chose a different path for herself."

 

Even Special Forces guys don't rent a plastic 'jeep' in Bangkok and think they can drive it to Phuket.

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3 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

 

Even Special Forces guys don't rent a plastic 'jeep' in Bangkok and think they can drive it to Phuket.

I've driven all over this country, and all over many other countries around the world.  From Argentia to Greece to Turkey to Costa Rica to Lithuania to Romania, etc, etc, etc.  Thailand is the most dangerous I've experienced.  Though I've not driven in Egypt where as a passenger, it was scary!

 

I rented a jeep one time in Hawaii and hated it.  Not great at highway speeds nor around sharp corners.

 

Condolences to the relatives and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the other.

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4 minutes ago, craigt3365 said:

I've driven all over this country, and all over many other countries around the world.  From Argentia to Greece to Turkey to Costa Rica to Lithuania to Romania, etc, etc, etc.  Thailand is the most dangerous I've experienced.  Though I've not driven in Egypt where as a passenger, it was scary!

 

I rented a jeep one time in Hawaii and hated it.  Not great at highway speeds nor around sharp corners.

 

Condolences to the relatives and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the other.

 

yet another sad story from the thai roads.

 

in my experience lebanon is the only place with more dangerous roads than thailand, but then i was there shortly after the civil war had ended so life was pretty cheap.

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Vancouver woman dies, friend barely survives Thailand jeep accident

BY GORDON MCINTYRE

 

VANCOUVER: -- A young Vancouver woman faces months of rehabilitation and huge hospital bills after being severely injured in a single-vehicle accident in Thailand last week.

 

Nezabravka (Nezi) Borislavova, 24, suffered internal injuries, two broken shoulders, a broken arm and broken wrist, according to a family friend.

 

“I think she’s out of trouble as far as life-threatening goes,” Patrick Parenteau said. “She’s in bad shape, but she should live.”

 

Borislavova’s friend Ali Lambert, a 22-year-old also from Vancouver, died in the accident.

 

Full story: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/vancouver-woman-dies-friend-barely-survives-thailand-jeep-accident

 

-- VANCOUVER SUN 2017-01-24

 

 

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So young 22 so sad. (reckless driving of young people ?)

The owner where she rented the jeep might be  UNSCRUPULOUS :sad: Money safety first !

1 Driving a jeep ( jeep ? driver protection limited  no electronic stability control no airbags ?...)

2 under heavy rains

3 long distance

4 dangerous roads

5 young woman driving In thailand )

RIP young woman.:sad:

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Judging by the vehicle, they likely rented from an independent vendor (not Hertz, Budget etc.). Therefore, likely only the basic insurance (if any at all). Hence the fund-raising efforts. 

Sad end to a short life. May the passenger have a speedy recovery. 

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As said before Travel Insurance is the Cheapest part of your trip I never leave home with out it and it saved me a fortune about 4 Year ago

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6 hours ago, craigt3365 said:

I'll never understand why people travel to places like Thailand and have no insurance to cover them in case of problems.  It places a huge burden on family and friends.  Trip insurance is relatively cheap.  And should have been mandatory when renting a car.  From the article:

 

 

She is using the insurance of last resort. Crowdfunding. It truly amazes me the itinerary of the girl that was killed. Months and months of travelling. Must be a lottery winner I guess. 

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6 hours ago, craigt3365 said:

I've driven all over this country, and all over many other countries around the world.  From Argentia to Greece to Turkey to Costa Rica to Lithuania to Romania, etc, etc, etc.  Thailand is the most dangerous I've experienced.  Though I've not driven in Egypt where as a passenger, it was scary!

 

I rented a jeep one time in Hawaii and hated it.  Not great at highway speeds nor around sharp corners.

 

Condolences to the relatives and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the other.

I found India, especially Chennai to be more dangerous than here (Bangalore and Calcutta about the same).

 

One friend, ex military attache in Russia said Moscow was worse than Chennai. 

 

But the propensity for traffic related violence here is the worst I've seen.

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8 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

I found India, especially Chennai to be more dangerous than here (Bangalore and Calcutta about the same).

 

One friend, ex military attache in Russia said Moscow was worse than Chennai. 

 

But the propensity for traffic related violence here is the worst I've seen.

Yeah, I forgot about India!  I had a private driver for 21 days.  And we were mostly in the countryside.  But almost every day we'd see wrecks alongside the road from the night before.  Obviously, we never drove at night!

 

Didn't drive around Moscow much, but seemed kinda like most other big cities.  Lots of cars! LOL

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I feell terribly sorry for their loss. And may she RIP. Too young to go.

 

But the excuse seems to mirror the many locals: Doug Lambert says his daughter's rented jeep apparently had trouble with heavy rains .

 

With the extremely short wheelbase of the jeep it takes this knowledge and careful execution of driving skills. In wet or snowy road conditions one can over correct so easily causing the rear end to try to pass the front at the blink of an eye. Just saying from experience.

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(Edit. The article just appeared (online) on the Phuket Gazette site - however it is just a repost of the story from the Canadian news sites.)

 

I find it odd that this story doesn't seem to have been reported in the Thai (English language) press at all. I've been checking the various Phuket news sites (Phuket Wan, Phuket Gazette, Phuket News - web and Facebook sites), the Phuket forum here, assorted google searches and so on and the only place this story appears seems to be in Canadian news media.

 

Considering all the less "newsworthy" articles posted since the start of the year on those sites, I find it rather amazing that this story somehow escaped their notice. It also seems odd that the stories (in the Canadian press) all refer to the accident having happened "last week" without giving an actual date.

 

 

Going to contact the Canadian papers about this.

 

 

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A Jeep is one of the most dangerous off road vehicles for one not familiar with it.

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