May 20, 2017

Thomas Oscar Brandt

A German restaurant owner was fatally injured after he was catapulted out of a curve on Koh Samui. The 48-year-old had died before ambulances arrived.

Daily News reported the accident on the afternoon of Saturday, April 20 on their website. The article said that police had already identified the deceased as Thomas Oscar Brandt, a 48-year-old restaurant owner on the island from Jülich, Germany.

According to investigator Pol Capt Bannam Srinarad, whom the Daily News report quoted, he and additional officers from Bo Put Provincial Police Station were informed of a road accident involving a foreigner at around 13:10. Together with Samui Rescue volunteers, they rushed to the scene in Bo Put subdistrict where the accident had taken place.

Arriving at a curve close to Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa on highway 4169 which spans around the entire island and is locally dubbed Ring Rd, police and rescue workers discovered the already dead Mr Brandt. He lay behind the traffic barrier. A few metres further on the road lay his red and white Honda Click (license plate 1กง 9621 Surat Thani).

“We found dozens of bruises and scratches all over Mr Brandt’s body,” Pol Capt Bannam told Daily News. “Blood was coming out of his head and ears, indicating that he had sustained a serious head trauma during the crash.” Police also noted a trace of slippy fluid on the side of the road Mr Brandt had been riding on, the investigator said.

“We tried to find someone who had witnessed the actual accident, but it seems like there was nobody present at the time of the crash,” Pol Capt Bannam described the beginning of the investigation into Mr Brandt’s death. Instead, police asked the motorcyclist who had found the body and called the authorities.

“He told us that as he stopped to assist Mr Brandt, he was still alive but in a critical condition. He eventually died before we arrived on the scene.” Another motorcyclist who had fallen off his scooter earlier that day at the same spot but got away with only minor injuries told police that it was the slippy road that had caused him losing control of his vehicle. Users of the Facebook group Roads of Koh Samui also reported similar incidents.

“At this point, the evidence we have collected so far is consistent with the account of the motorists. We suspect that Mr Brandt lost control of his vehicle after driving through the slippy area on the road,” Pol Capt Bannam shared the current stand of the investigation. However, even though police was told that the fluid came from a garbage truck which had lost bits of trash earlier, police have yet to establish the identity of the driver.

Further investigation into the case revealed that Mr Brandt approached the curve at high speed. While being catapulted over the traffic barrier, he collided with a traffic sign behind the wall under which his body was found.

Samui Rescue volunteers transported Mr Brandt’s body to pathology at Koh Samui Hospital which has been ordered by police to establish the official cause of death. Meanwhile, officers informed the German Embassy in Bangkok of the fatal accident.

Case Details

Source Daily News
Date of Death: May 20, 2017
Last Edited: 1 month ago
Age: 48 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: German
Cause of Death: Road accident
Province: Surat Thani
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