Only hours before flying back home, a Chinese tourist was killed when he was hit by a car in Phuket. The family of the man witnessed the fatal crash.
The accident occurred in Phuket’s Thalang district on the main road opposite a PTT petrol station in Ban Muang Mai subdistrict at around 23:00 on Tuesday, said investigator Pol Lt Col Sanit Nukong. Thalang Provincial Police Station was informed of the crash by local residents.
Khaosod Online reported that when police arrived, the body of Lu Shengbin, 55, was lying on the side of Thepkrasattri Road, surrounded by a group of crying Chinese tourists. A Volvo car with a Bangkok licence plate was parked about 80 metres further up the road. The left side of its windshield was shattered and blood-stained.
Mr Lu and his family had been picked up earlier in the day together with other Chinese tourists from hotels on Patong Beach in Phuket’s Kathu district. They were on their way to Krabi International Airport in order to catch a flight back home, Pol Lt Col Sanit said.
Shortly before 23:00, the bus stopped on the roadside to allow passengers to buy souvenirs at the shops near the petrol station on the opposite side of the road. Some tourists had already crossed the road, but r Lu was the last person to leave the bus. His wife and two children were already waiting on the other side when Mr Lu crossed the roadway leading north on his own. Just as he was attempting to pass the incoming way, he was hit by the Volvo which was heading to downtown Phuket. Mr Lu died instantly.
Thalang Provincial Police Station is investigating the case further to determine who was at fault and whether the driver of the incoming car might have been driving too fast or without due care and attention.
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