Police have yet to file charges after a deadly collision in Phuket which left one Russian man dead and his compatriot with head injuries and a broken leg.
The accident occurred on the busy Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew subdistrict at about 17:00 on Monday afternoon. Police arrived to find the two Russian men on the ground.
Roman Melekhin, 25, had suffered severe injuries to his head and neck. He was immediately taken to Thalang Hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival. His companion, Maksim Burmatov, 28, remained conscious, but suffered a head injury and a fractured leg.
Close to the scene of the collision, police found a wrecked Honda Click scooter which the men had been riding. Parked on the pavement was the other vehicle involved in the fatal accident: a Toyota Camry taxi with damage to its left front-end.
Cab driver, Nattawat Thongthapae, 38, told police he had been driving from the airport in the middle lane when the accident happened. “We were told that the Russian men were riding their scooter in the left lane,” said investigating Pol Capt Sunan Pethnu.
“The accident happened when the scooter driver allegedly swerved in front of the taxi to cross the lanes in order to make a u-turn,” he said. “Mr Nattawat said he tried to brake to avoid the collision, but could not do so in time.”
Pol Capt Sunan confirmed that no helmets had been found at the scene. Authorities have informed the Russian Embassy of Mr Melekhin’s death and taken Mr Nattawat to Thalang Provincial Police Station for further questioning.
So far, no charges have been filed and police are still investigating, Capt Sunan told The Phuket News. “We intend to check all CCTV footage in the area,” he added.
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