Andrey Francois Alfons
On Koh Samui, a sightseeing trip took a tragic turn when a 77-year-old Swiss national and his Thai girlfriend plunged down a steep slope with their scooter. The Swiss driver did not survive.
The horrible accident was reported to Koh Samui Provincial Police Station at 16:30 by Bunchu Dampin who works at the Koh Samui Provincial Electricity Authority.
Mr Dampin, also an eyewitness, recounted: “I was driving up the Kao Bom mountain when I heard the noise of an incoming scooter with two people chatting loudly behind a curve.” He remembered that moments later when the bike reached the curve, he saw the vehicle plunge down a slope, jettisoning both driver and passenger.
“I immediately called the police,” Mr Dampin said. They arrived at the scene of the accident shortly afterwards. “The asphalt road up and down the mountain is dangerous because of its steep course and several curves,” stated deputy investigator Pol Lt Col Biyanut Huadgun. Rain at the time of the incident would have made the road even more dangerous.
Around the area of the curve, police noted skid marks on the hard shoulder which is is right next to a steep slope dotted with a few trees and coconuts palms. “This is where we found them,” Pol Lt Col Biyanut said pointing down the slope.
The first victim of the crash was Andrey Francois Alfons, a 77-year-old expatriate retiree. He lay unconsciously on the grass about ten metres down the slope. “His arms and legs were broken and twisted, and he had fatal injuries to his head,” Pol Lt Col Biyanut described Mr Alfons’s condition.
Rescue workers who were the first responders at the scene tried to administer medical assistance to the victim, but soon gave up when the body proved unresponsive to the resuscitation attempts.
Thirty metres further down the hill, police found a damaged black and white Honda Click 125i. Nearby, whimpering for help, lay Ms Nuna, the 40-year-old girlfriend of Mr Alfons. Pol Lt Col Biyanut: “Ms Nuna sustained severe injuries and was in a deep shock, so she was immediately rushed to Koh Samui Hospital.”
In an early report, Pol Lt Col Biyanut outlines his time line of the accident, detailing the order of the events. According to his document, Mr Alfons, the driver, and Ms Nuna visited Kao Bon mountain earlier in the day. As they rode back, Mr Alfons underestimated the steepness of the road and took the bend too fast, unable to break in time.
The report went on: “Mr Alfons was driving far too fast when he approached the bend. He probably slammed on the brakes until they overheated and started to burn themselves out.” The theory is that with no brakes, Mr Alfons careered down the wet road toward the curve and eventually came off the bike as it hurtled down the slope where he died.
Pol Lt Col Biyanut told reporters that the investigation is ongoing. “We still have to examine Mr Alfons’ state of health and establish whether he had any alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident.”
An autopsy is going to be conducted at Koh Samui Hospital. Police have notified the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok of the tragic death.
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