A wet road on the island of Koh Samui proved deadly for a Russian driver when he fell off his scooter and was subsequently run over by a truck.
Bo Phut Provincial Police Station was notified of the horrific accident at 14:30 on Wednesday afternoon*. Pol Capt Sirichai Gamuni was assigned to the case and, together with rescue volunteers and emergency physicians, quickly made his way to the scene.
The crash took place on Koh Samui’s ring road (Highway 4169) in Moo 4 Maret subdistrict, approximately 50 metres north of The Cliff. Describing the accident scene he came upon, Pol Capt Sirichai said, “The street had been made slippery from the rain. A white delivery truck was parked on one side of the road.”
The body of the victim was found entangled beneath the front wheels of the truck. He was later identified as Anton Khokhlov, 32. Police confirmed he had died on the spot and that his scooter, a rented Honda PCX 150 with the number plate 1 กญ 6692 Surat Thani, had barrelled into a traffic barrier during the accident.
Officers talked to Mahama Uma, the 32-year-old driver of the white Chevrolet truck (ผก 1394 Surat Thani). He said he had been delivering food to a beach-side restaurant close to where the accident happened.
When he reached the curve, he briefly saw Mr Khokhlov’s scooter crossing into his lane from the opposite direction before crashing into his truck. “I hit the breaks, but there wasn’t enough time to stop,” Mr Mahama told the police. Mr Khokhlov’s body was thrown under the truck and ended up stuck between the wheels.
Authors of the English-Russian website Thaipoo.com talked to representatives of ThaiMoto, the company which had rented Mr Khokhlov the scooter. According to them, he had rented the vehicle on November 13. Mr Khokhlov’s social media profile indicated that he had arrived on the island the very same day.
Pol Capt Sirichai is now going to interview eyewitnesses to establish if the accident happened the way Mr Mahama described it. To date, no charges have been filed against the driver.
* Note: Thaipoo.com reported that the crash took place at 11:30.
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