May 8, 2017

Sophie Emma Rose Anderson

Police in Phuket have confirmed the death of a pregnant woman from England. She was killed when the scooter she was riding with her boyfriend collided with a lorry on Monday.

After being informed of the incident at 12:10, Pol Lt Col Sanit Nukong, an investigator at Thalang Provincial Police Station, was sent to the scene to investigate the fatal crash. Police and rescue volunteers of the Kusontham Foundation arrived at Thepkasattri Rd in the Thep Kasattri subdistrict of Phuket province where the accident had taken place.

In the middle of the busy road was the body of Sophie Emma Rose Anderson, a 41-year-old woman from Blackpool in Lancashire, her head surrounded by a pool of blood. “Even though Ms Anderson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, she sustained a fatal injury to the head,” Pol Lt Col Sanit explained. She had died before rescuers arrived at the scene.

Police identified Danny Lewis Glass, the 29-year-old boyfriend of Ms Anderson, as the rider of the scooter, Thairath reported. “Mr Glass sustained only minor injuries but was in a deep state of shock when we arrived.” Officers questioned him to find out what had caused the deadly crash.

According to Mr Glass, he and Ms Anderson were driving their Honda 125i scooter, registered under 1 กฌ 7058 Phuket, on Thepkasattri Rd when vehicles in front of them abruptly slowed down. Mr Glass hammered the brakes to avoid crashing into the car in front of him, causing him to lose control of his scooter. He described the sequence to BBC.co.uk: “The bike has slid… wobbled… I tried to stabilise it and I haven’t been able to – there was two people on a scooter – it’s a very difficult thing to do.”

Mr Glass was thrown into to the left lane while Ms Anderson was thrown to the right. A heavy 18-wheel lorry that was driving closely behind the two then run over Ms Anderson, causing her to sustain severe head injuries that immediately led to her death.

The driver of the truck, 30-year-old Natawud Gimsue, initially fled the scene but later surrendered to Thalang Provincial Police Station. Pol Lt Col Sanit said that no charges had been pressed yet as the investigation is still ongoing. In a video published on Mr Glass’ YouTube channel “Sun Fruit Dan”, he expressed his fear that he might be held responsible for the death of his girlfriend.

On Facebook, Mr Glass paid tribute to his partner, saying: “I am in total shock as I’ve lost the most precious person I had ever connected with. My brain keeps going into denial. I am distraught. She was also pregnant so I lost my child too. I need as much love and support as I can from everyone.”

Bumpy shot on the rocks at Banana beach today. Having a bit of child free time 💜

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Ms Anderson, who lived in Phuket, was featured in national newspaper reports last year after saying women should breastfeed until their children are aged eight. She uploaded videos of her breastfeeding her five-year-old son Shaye and her life abroad to her YouTube channel, Sophie’s Joy. In a video uploaded on May 4, she talks about being 24 weeks pregnant.

Case Details

Source Blackpool Gazette
Date of Death: May 8, 2017
Last Edited: 1 month ago
Age: 41 years
Gender: Female
Nationality: British
Cause of Death: Road accident
Province: Phuket
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