Two scooters collided with each other in a fatal crash on Koh Samui, killing three out of five riders. One Russian tourist died at the scene, another survived. The accident happened on Thursday night on a road in Koh Samui’s Maret subdistrict.
Bo Phut Provincial Police Station was notified at approximately 23:00 and sent investigator Pol Capt Bunnam Sinarad and his colleagues to investigate the fatal crash. On the scene, police found two scooters which were wedged in the middle of the Ring Road surrounded by chunks of plastic and other debris.
Volunteers of Samui Rescue found three dead bodies in total: two were Thai nationals, and one was a Russian tourist. Initial reports named the latter as Vitalii Manshin. However, as the Russian-language website Thaigovno later revealed that he was the person to whom the scooter, a black Honda PCX, was registered. It turned out that he was the surviving passenger and the actual driver was Ilya Lukyanov, his friend, another Russian, 28.
Pol Capt Bunnam spoke to bystanders who witnessed the accident. Their statements indicate that Mr Lukyanov had been heading in the direction of the Na Mueang subdistrict in the south-eastern part of the island and had approached the bend too fast.
The other vehicle involved in the accident was carrying three Thai men on their way to Lamai – a city in the opposite direction. It appears that as both motorbikes approached each other on the curve, Mr Lukyanov’s scooter unexpectedly crossed the centre of the road and, in a head-on collision, smashed into the front end of on-coming, cream-coloured Honda. All five passengers were hurled onto the road.
Sadly, two of the three Thai nationals, whose names have not been disclosed, died at the scene. A third man survived, but sustained very serious injuries and was rushed to Koh Samui Hospital.
Police took extensive photos of the scene and have specifically requested that each body be examined separately for blood alcohol level in case this was a contributing factor. “We will question more witnesses to determine who was at fault,” said Pol Capt Bunnam commenting on the status of the ongoing investigation.
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