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 down an embankment.
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 a few metres off the road in an area thick with by trees. The woman, who was later identified by police as 56-year-old Irina Svatovskaya, had been staying at the resort and was found in an unconscious state with severe injuries to her forehead. One of the rescuers told Farang Deaths, “She had no pulse and wasn’t breathing when we arrived, so we immediately administered oxygen and started chest compressions.”
When officers from Koh Chang Provincial Police Station finally arrived on the scene, rescuers had loaded the unconscious woman into an ambulance and rushed her to the emergency room at Koh Chang International Clinic. However, multiple attempts to save her life failed.M rs Svatovskaya was pronounced in the emergency room shortly after her arrival. Volunteers subsequently sent her body to Koh Chang Hospital for an autopsy.
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. “Even though she was wearing a helmet, the crash led to a ftal skull fracture,” Pol Sub Lt Uea-angun told several Thai media news reporters.
“Based on the result of our initial investigation, we know that Mrs Svatovskaya was on her way back to the White Sand Beach Resort where she was staying. We surmise she lost control of her scooter on a bend, skidded off the road at speed 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 from her body. The vehicle had been rented at a nearby motorbike rental shop, police said.
Employees at the White Sand Beach Resort said Mrs Svatovskaya had been a regular guest at the resort. Pol Sub Lt Uea-angun informed media representatives later that day, “According to hotel records, Mrs Svatovskaya and her husband were frequent guests and stayed at the resort almost every year, but on this occasion, she had checked into the hotel alone on November 13, just one day before her fatal accident.”
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