Only one day after arriving in Thailand, a Russian woman died in a road accident on Koh Chang. The 56-year-old succumbed to her injuries after her scooter skidded off the road and fell down a slope.
Suratin Wongda, a 29-year-old employee of the nearby White Sand Beach Resort in the north-western area of Koh Chang, was at work when the fatal accident occurred at about 13:20 on Tuesday afternoon. “I was working when suddenly a tourist ran up to me and said that a scooter had fallen down a slope and the victim was unconscious,” Mr Suratin said.
“The tourist led me to the road leading to the resort.” While the two were rushing the 300 metres from the resort to the spot where the accident had happened, Mr Suratin made an emergency call. Rescue workers of the Sawang Boriboon organisation immediately rushed to the scene.
Shortly later, rescue team no. 40 arrived at the road, a one-lane concrete path going downhill. Multiple signs warn drivers to drive slowly to avoid skidding off one of the many bends. The way is commonly known to be a shortcut to the White Sand Beach Resort, employees said.
Rescue workers found the woman and her scooter on the ground a few metres next to the road which is surrounded by trees. The woman, who was later identified by police as 56-year-old Irina Svatovskaya who had been staying at the resort, in an unconscious state and with severe injuries to her forehead. “She had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, so we started chest compressions and administering oxygen,” one of the rescuers told Farang Deaths.
When officers from Koh Chang Provincial Police Station finally arrived on the scene, rescuers had loaded the still unconscious woman into an ambulance and rushed her to the emergency room at Koh Chang International Clinic. However, multiple attempts to save the life of the Russian tourist failed – Mrs Svatovskaya was pronounced dead in the emergency room shortly after her arrival. Volunteers sent the body to Koh Chang Hospital.
Pol Sub Lt Uea-angun Laeomueangglang of the Koh Chang Provincial Police Station’s investigation department examined the scene and commented on the extent of Mrs Svatovskaya’s injuries. “She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash which led to a skull fracture on her forehead,” Pol Sub Lt Uea-angun told several Thai media news websites.
“Based on the result of our initial investigation, we assume that Mrs Svatovskaya was on her way back to the White Sand Beach Resort where she stayed. She might have lost control of her scooter at a bend due to high speed, skidded off the road and struck a tree or some of the branches on the ground.”
The scooter Mrs Svatovskaya was riding – a blue-white Honda Click with the license plate กบง 97 registered in Trat province – was found only a few metres next to her body. The vehicle had been rented at a nearby motorbike rental shop, police said.
After asking employees at the White Sand Beach Resort, police found out that Mrs Svatovskaya had been a regular guest at the resort. “The staff told us that Mrs Svatovskaya and her husband were frequent guests and stayed at the resort almost every year,” Pol Sub Lt Uea-angun told media representatives later that day.
However, this time, Mrs Svatovskaya had come alone, hotel records showed according to police. She had arrived on November 13, only one day before her fatal accident.
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