A 29-year-old woman from Canada became the latest victim of Thailand’s dangerous roads. The tourist’s head was crushed after a front-end collision on her scooter with a lorry in Phuket.
A video posted on the Facebook page> of Channel 8 TV shows the aftermath of the accident which took place at around 11:00 on Friday morning, March 1, 2019. Several media outlets named the victim as Amanda Icaino, 29, a citizen of Canada.
After being notified of the crash, police and Phuket Rescue rushed to the scene, a light downhill-bend on Patong Hill in Phuket’s Karon subdistrict, Mueang district. Tourist police officers, as well as forensic police, arrived shortly later.
„She [Ms Icaino] was lying face-down on the very left side of the road with her left leg still on her scooter next to her, the other one underneath“ an officer of Karon Provincial Police Station who was not named said according to Channel 8. Her scooter, a black Honda Click, bore the license plate 1 กช Phuket 4709.
„She had already died when we arrived,“ police added. According to a preliminary medical report, Ms Icaino died from an open skull fracture which caused blood leaking out onto the road.
The police officer continued: „On the opposite lane, there was a truck parked on the side. It was the vehicle that Ms Icaino had collided with.“ Police identified the driver of the 10-wheeler as Mongkon Sawenglab.
„We have talked to Mr Mongkon who told us that the crash happened while he was driving his truck down Patong Hill. As he reached a light bent, the scooter, ridden by Ms Icaino, was trying to overtake another vehicle and switched to the truck’s lane.“
According to The Thaiger>, Mr Mongkon said that he initially tried to steer his truck to the right in order to avoid a collision. However, when the scooter had almost overtaken, the Ms Icaino suddenly braked. She then lost control of her bike and fell under the truck where her head was crushed under the wheels.
Police believe Ms Icaino might have not seen the incoming truck due to the bent. As seen in the video footage showing the aftermath of the fatal crash, ms Icaino had been wearing a crash helmet when the accident took place.
A police spokesman said they were continuing the investigation and report the incident to the Canadian Embassy. Meanwhile, rescue volunteers brought Ms Icaino’s body to Vachira Phuket Hospital to undergo a post-mortem examination.
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