Thomas Oscar Brandt
A German restaurant owner was fatally injured after he was catapulted from his vehicle at a notorious black spot: a dangerous curve on a road which is locally dubbed “Ring Road” in Koh Samui. Sadly, the 48-year-old died before ambulances arrived.
The Daily News reported the accident on the afternoon of Saturday, April 20 on their website. The article said that police had identified the deceased as Thomas Oscar Brandt, a 48-year-old restaurant owner from the island from Jülich, Germany.
According to the Daily News report, investigator, Pol Capt Bannam Srinarad and colleagues from Bo Put Provincial Police Station were informed of a road accident involving a foreigner at around 13:10 and hastened to the scene of the accident in Bo Put subdistrict together with Samui Rescue volunteers.
Arriving at a curve close to Baan Hin Sai Resort & Spa on highway 4169 which spans around the entire island, police and rescue workers discovered the dead body Mr Brandt. He lay behind the traffic barrier. his red and white Honda Click (license plate 1กง 9621 Surat Thani) was found a few metres further down the road.
“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 serious head trauma during the crash.” Police had noticed a trace of slippery 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 as if there was noone present at the time of the crash,” Pol Capt Bannam described the beginning of the investigation into Mr Brandt’s death. Instead, police talked to the motorcyclist who had originally found the body and called the authorities.
“He told us that as he stopped to assist Mr Brandt, and that he was still alive when he found him, but was in critical condition. Unfortunately, the victim died before we arrived on the scene.” Another motorcyclist who had fallen off his scooter earlier that day at the same spot but was lucky to get away with only minor injuries told police that it was the slippery road surface that had caused him losing control of his vehicle. Users of the Facebook group, Roads of Koh Samui reported a catalogue of similar incidents.
“At this point, the evidence we have collected so far is consistent with the account of other motorists. We suspect that Mr Brandt lost control of his vehicle after driving through the slippery area on the road.” Pol Capt Bannam shared nother possible line of enquiry: that earlier in the day, a garbage truck had leaked some slippery fluid on the road earlier in the day; a result of spilled trash. Police are looking for the driver to corroborate evidence.
It is surmised that Mr Brandt approached the curve at high speed and ended up being catapulted over the traffic barrier where he collided with a traffic sign sticking out from behind a wall. It was here where his body was found.
Samui Rescue volunteers transported Mr Brandt’s body to the pathology unit at Koh Samui Hospital. Officials there will determine the actual cause of death. Meanwhile, officers have informed the German Embassy in Bangkok of the death of one its nationals.
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