A wet road in Phuket claimed the lives of a Russian male and his Thai girlfriend. Both were pronounced dead on arrival after crashing their scooter into an electricity pole.
Dimitri Isakov, aged 30, from Russia, had originally travelled to Phuket to start his new job at a travel agency. Mr Isakov had temporarily been staying at a hotel on Ratuthit Songroipi Rd in the Patong subdistrict while he looked for an apartment. The accident happened on the last night of his stay at the hotel. He was due to check out that very day.
At the time of the accident, Mr Isakov and his girlfriend, Nugan Penggrajom, 29, had been riding a rented scooter and were heading north towards Ban Chai Lei in the early hours. They had just crossed the main roundabout connecting the two subdistricts, Patong and Kamala, specifically, Prabaramee Road and Thawewong Road.
Police at the Patong Provincial Station were notified at 03:00 of a major road accident involving two severely injured people, one of them a foreigner. Pol Lt Col Pirawong Ragkido, the senior investigating officer, was assigned to the case and rushed to the scene together with medical staff from Patong Hospital and rescue workers from the Gusontam Rescue Foundation.
Arriving at the scene, investigators discovered the victims’ red and white Honda Click lying amid scattered debris on a narrow sidewalk next to an electricity pole. The scooter, with its red number plate, was later found to be registered to “10-701 Bangkok Motor”. Rescue workers and medical staff worked quickly to assess the scene. However, shortly after they were rushed to Patong Hospital, police were informed that both victims died in transit as a result of their injuries.
Piecing things together, police surmised that the couple had been driving on Phrabarami Road and somehow ended up swerving off the road, less than 50 metres south of the Novotel Phuket Resort. They mounted the pavement and finally collided with an electricity pole.
A witness, describing the accident site, told media representatives that there was “a lot of blood” and debris on the asphalt next to the scooter where the two motionless bodies were found.
Investigators revealed that neither rider was wearing a crash helmet at the time of the accident. Said Pol Lt Col Pirawong, surmising what might have happened: “It had rained shortly before the accident, so the roads were very wet and slippery and therefore particularly dangerous for two-wheeled vehicles.” He added, “Mr Isakov was unfamiliar with the roads in the area. Such a combination is likely to have contributed to the circumstances of this accident.”
Police have notified the Russian Embassy of the death of Mr Isakov who confirmed the death of a Russian male in Phuket.
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