The holiday for a Hong Kongese couple ended in tragedy when their scooter crashed into an incoming ice truck in Koh Samui. The 22-year-old scooter rider died at the scene while his girlfriend suffered serious injuries. The accident photographs are not for the faint-hearted.
This was the scene that greeted rescuers on Koh Samui’s ring road (Highway 4169) in Moo 3 of Bo Phut subdistrict on Saturday morning around 10:00: a couple lay in the middle of a road, pieces of metal and plastic from the motorbike they were riding was scattered all over the asphalt.The woman, who was the only one wearing a helmet, survived the crash, but her boyfriend lay motionless on the road, his head surrounded by a pool of blood. Such accidents are commonplace in a country that is quoted as having the
The woman, who was the only one wearing a helmet, survived the crash, but her boyfriend lay motionless on the road, his head surrounded by a pool of blood. Such accidents are commonplace in a country that is quoted as having the second highest number of road deaths in the world (source: Asian Correspondent, 25 Feb 2014).
When officers from Bo Phut Provincial Police Station arrived at the crash site, the life of 22-year-old rider of the Honda Scoopy (license plate คยจ 98 Surat Thani), Chan Ho-Hin, was already hovering between life and death.
A few meters further up the road, parked on the side-strip, police found the battered white ice truck (1 ฒก-6836 Bangkok) which had also been involved in the fatal crash. The driver, Adisak Sukgaenaron, 45, stood by his vehicle and waited for the police. Police questioned Mr Adisak who was on his way to Chaweng when the accident happened.
An ambulance from Bangkok Hospital Samui, which just happened to be a few kilometres from the accident, arrived on the scene very quickly. Both scooter victims were rushed to a hospital where Mr Chan later died.
As a result of the Koh Samui’s geographic outline, the road going the island winds over several steep hills. Mr Adisak said he saw Mr Chan’s scooter racing in the opposite direction as his truck was approaching a dangerous bend. He claims that Mr Chan tried desperately to slow down, but instead, lost control of his motorbike, crashing it into the front of his ice truck.
At 18:30 the same day, Bangkok Hospital Samui confirmed to Bo Phut Provincial Police Station that Mr Chan had succumbed to his injuries. April Wong, the victim’s 21-year-old girlfriend, was in a stable condition but had to stay at the hospital because of a concussion.
Pol Lt Ratgan Janrong told Khaosod Online that there would be another interview with the ice truck driver before deciding whether to charge him with reckless driving causing injuries and death.
Mr Chan was visiting Ms Wong, who is studying Hotel Management in Switzerland and serving her internship at a Koh Samui hotel. The couple posted a picture of their candlelight dinner on social media the night before the accident.
A Hong Kong Immigration Department spokeswoman confirmed that two Hongkong citizens were involved in an accident in Koh Samui and that one had suffered head and body injuries while the other was deceased. The department has contacted the families to offer assistance.
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- September 12, 2016: "Thai motorbike ride ends in tragedy for HK couple" (thestandard.com.hk)