A 29-year-old woman from Canada became the latest victim of Thailand’s dangerous roads. Her head was crushed in a violent front-end collision between her scooter and a lorry in Phuket.
A video posted on the Facebook page> of Channel 8 TV shows the aftermath of the accident which took place around 11:00 on Friday morning, March 1, 2019. Several media outlets named the victim as Amanda Icaino, 29, a Canadian citizen.
Police and Phuket Rescue rushed to the scene on a downhill bend on Patong Hill in Phuket’s Karon subdistrict, Mueang district. Tourist police officers and forensic investigators arrived shortly after.
“[Ms Icaino] was found lying face-down on the extreme left hand side of the road with her legs still straddling her overturned scooter,” said an unnamed officer at Karon Provincial Police Station according to Channel 8. The deceased’s scooter, a black Honda Click, bore the license plate 1 กช Phuket 4709.
Ms Icaino had been wearing a crash helmet at the time of the accident. Nevertheless, according to a preliminary medical report, she died on impact from a fatal compound skull fracture.
The police officer continued: “The 10-wheeler truck involved in the collision was parked on the opposite side of the road.” The driver was identified as Mongkon Sawenglab.
“We have spoken to Mr Mongkon who told us that the crash happened while he was driving his truck down Patong Hill. He said, when he reached a small bend, he saw that the scooter, ridden by Ms Icaino, was trying to overtake another vehicle and switched into the truck’s lane: facing on-coming traffic.”
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, before Ms Icaino had completed her overtaking move, she braked very hard, lost control of the bike and flew under his vehicle where her head was crushed by the truck wheels.
In the aftermath of the fatal crash, the police surmise that Ms Icaino might not have seen the oncoming truck due to the slight bend in the road.
A police spokesman said they were continuing their investigation and have already reported the incident to the Canadian Embassy. Rescue volunteers took Ms Icaino’s body to Vachira Phuket Hospital where it will undergo a post-mortem examination.
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