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Motorbike accident victim presumed dead, actually asleep drunk

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Pattaya News

Rescue workers arrived to an all-too-familiar scene: an accident with a motorbike strewn across the pavement and, a bit beyond, its unfortunate rider lying motionless on the road. They assessed the accident and approached the body to conduct an examination and physical health check. But as they began, they were shocked when the man suddenly woke up.

The incident took palace at 5:30 pm Wednesday on the Nong Kwae – Amata City Road in the Borwin sub-district of Si Racha, and rescue workers were startled when the man they thought must be dead or at least seriously injured was merely severely intoxicated and had fallen asleep after the crash.

Several witnesses reported seeing the man, a 25 year old security guard at a nearby company, swerving erratically while driving prior to losing control of his bike and crashing. When the motorbike accident was reported, bystanders were sure he had died in the accident.

The man said that he was leaving a party with his friends after work and was quite drunk. The accident came as he was driving home when he lost control of his motorbike. The crash had thrown him clear of the bike, and though he was uninjured, he was so drunk that he was unable to pull himself to his feet. He ended up falling asleep on the road until he was woken by being prodded at by rescue workers assessing his condition.

The drunk driver survived the crash without any injury. Police did not say if there would be any charges for drunk driving (or drinking at a party in violation of the Emergency Decree).

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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