A Thai woman, her Russian boyfriend and a tourist from South Korea died in a motorcycle crash in Pattaya shortly after midnight.
“The motorcycle was totally demolished,” Pol Capt Sombad Gaeomunud remembered. “It lay in the middle of the road. We could see three bodies; all of them seemed to be dead as we arrived.”
Just moments earlier, the motorcycle Pol Capt Sombad described – a blue Kawasaki Z900 bearing the license plate กฌ 8010 Chon Buri – had crashed into a pedestrian from South Korea. The accident took place at 00:20 on Pattaya’s Thappraya Rd in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri.
“We found the body of a young caucasian man underneath a car surrounded by a pool of blood,” Pol Capt Sombad, who examined the scene as deputy inspector for the Pattaya City Provincial Police Station, told media representatives. The man was quickly identified as Aleksandr Zakharov, 22, from Russia>. He had already died when police and rescuers arrived on the scene.
Police found another body on the right side of the road who wore black shorts and a black t-shirt. His name was Yongseok Choi, a 22-year-old tourist who had come to Pattaya with a group tour. The impact with the Kawasaki was so high that he was thrown several metres from the crash scene, police said.
Another victim of the horrible crash was a Thai woman who was later identified as Netnapa “Ness” Pratwatdee (2nd Facebook account>) who was a single mom of a boy. She was in a life-threatening condition and was rushed to Pattaya City Hospital. However, due to her severe injuries, the 20-year-old woman died before rescuers arrived at the hospital, turning this accident into a crash with three deaths.
Deputy inspector Pol Capt Sombad spoke to eyewitnesses who were nearby when the motorcycle, which had been rented by a rental shop named Mr. Dee, crashed into the South Korean tourist. “Several people told us that Mr Zakharov was in control of the vehicle whereas the Thai woman was sitting at the back. A woman told us they drove very fast.”
During the investigation, police could reconstruct what had happened on the road in the popular tourist city. According to Pol Capt Sombad, Mr Zakharov and his female riding pillion were speeding down the road towards Pattaya. When suddenly a small group of South Korean tourists crossed the road, Mr Zakharov hit the breaks but was still too fast and ended up crashing into one of them, Mr Choi, throwing him several metres down the road.
The crash caused Mr Zakharov and Ms Netnapa to fall off the bike after losing control of the motorcycle and crashing into a white Mitsubishi Pajero SUV parked on the curb.
According to the police, the three bodies were transported to Bang Lamung Hospital and scheduled for a post-mortem examination to establish the legal cause of death and to determine whether the crash was alcohol-related.
The Russian Embassy and the South Korean Embassy have been notified of the incident and are now in the process of contacting their relatives. The Tourist Assistance Foundation has pledged 5,000 baht> to cover the families hospital and funeral expenses.
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