The Christmas holiday of a British Hua Hin tourist ended in tragedy when a 45-year-old man died after a fatal crash with his scooter.
Construction worker Lee Mullen, 45, suffered fatal head injuries when he ploughed into a lamppost in the popular tourist destination Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, The Sun reported.
A group of his friends who had been attending a party at a nearby bar heard the smash and ran over to help, only to discover the victim was Mr Mullen. It is thought he died at the scene.
Mr Mullen, who was from Hattersley, Greater Manchester, was in Hua Hin’s for an extended holiday. He had arrived in November and planned to spend Christmas Eve in the seaside subdistrict of Nong Kae. According to Rachel Mullen, his sister in law, Mr Mullen had been to Thailand a few times over the past five years and assumed he had a girlfriend there.
“He was due to come home in February”, Ms Mullen said. “He had a friend out there called Peter; that’s how the information came back to the UK.” Talking about the fatal accident itself, she was told that Mr Mullen had been riding on a scooter and was on his way back home. He then passed a bar and crashed into a lamppost.
David Sands, who had known Mr Mullen for over 30 years and regularly visited Thailand himself, said: “Lee was going out to meet Peter. I spoke with him through Facebook Messenger on the day of the incident. He was enjoying his time there.”
Later that day, Mr Sands said, he received a phone call. “It was about 22:00 over there. It was Peter, and he said Lee had been killed. I thought he was having a laugh, and he started crying. All I got told was that Peter was at home, and Lee drove past a party at a bar on the corner.”
Peter was called and by the time he got to where the ambulance was, Mr Mullen was in the back of the car with a sheet covered over. He also had to go to the hospital to identify the body. “Nobody witnessed it,” Mr Sands said. “There was no other third party involvement.”
The hearing was told toxicological tests could not be carried out in the UK to determine if Mr Mullen was under the influence at the time of the crash. Recording a verdict of accidental death, Assistant Coroner Andrew Bridgeman, said: “Mr Mullen lost control of a motorcycle. He sustained a massive head injury which ended his life. It’s a tragic accident, but that doesn’t make it any easier in any circumstances.”
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