A 39-year-old man from Belgium died on the spot after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail in Phuket.
Pol Lt Col Tada Sodarak, an inspector at Chalong Provincial Police Station, said he was notified via radio at around 06:00 on early Thursday morning. “A road accident involving only one motorcycle,” Pol Lt Col Tada remembered the initial radio call.
Before heading to the crash site, which was located on Wiset Rd in Phuket’s Rawai subdistrict, Pol Lt Col Tada notified related agencies. Among those called to the scene were officials from the local Office of Police Forensic Science, the municipality’s emergency service as well Ruam Jai Phuket rescue volunteers.
On Wiset Rd in front of Mu Ban Khalita, police noticed a 70-metre long skid mark leading to the body of a man later identified as 39-year-old Frederik Maes from Belgium. “Mr Maes had already passed away when we arrived,” Pol Lt Col Tada said. “Ruam Jai Phuket volunteers sent his body to the morgue at Vachira Phuket Hospital.”
In the middle of the road, police found a Stallions motorcycle which was moved to the side of the two-lane street to avoid any collisions with the ongoing traffic. The black bike had not yet been registered and was bearing the temporary red license plate> “239 พรโชคโมโตไบค์”.
Police said they found Mr Maes with his face down underneath the guardrail wearing an olive-green t-shirt. Forensic police reported that Mr Maes had sustained severe head injuries and was bleeding from his mouth and nose. Additionally, police noted further serious wounds to the left side of his abdomen, his knee and the left leg. A series of prominent tattoos on the body was also mentioned in the initial police report.
“We could not find a helmet nearby, so we assume that Mr Maes was riding without one,” Pol Lt Col Tada said. “This is concurrent with his head injuries.” In the pockets of the victim’s grey trousers, police found a driving license, an ATM card belonging to Krungsri Bank of Ayudhya as well as an opened pack of cigarettes.
Chalong police believe that no other vehicle was involved in the accident. “It appears that Mr Maes was heading from Rawai to Chalong Circle at high speed,” Pol Lt Col Tada described police’s initial findings. “When he arrived at the location of the accident – a steep and curved road -, he somehow collided with the steel guardrail.”
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