Pattaya motorcyclist dies from crashing into tour bus after reportedly running red light

Motorcyclist died after crashing into tour bus after reportedly running red light. Photo by The Pattaya News.

Another motorcyclist has lost his life in Thailand‘s ongoing plague of road accidents.

A motorcyclist died after crashing into a tour bus after he reportedly ran a red light on Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya. The accident occurred at 1.20am yesterday.

Police and rescuers arrived on the scene to find a white Scooby I completely destroyed. The motorcyclist, 35 year old Pichet Chinpakdee, lying unresponsive on the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene due to his fatal injuries, The Pattaya News reported.

The tour bus driver, 46 year old Ekapad Khamdech, told police that Pichet ran a red light and crashed into his bus. Police are now reviewing CCTV footage to determine the exact cause of the crash.

The ThaiRSC reported in January that as many as 939,713 road accidents were reported in Thailand last year, up 4.7% from 2021. Road accidents killed 14,737 people, and injured 924,799 last year, ThaiRSC said. The committee reported that 536 deaths and 7,885 injuries were among foreigners.

Following the Songkran holiday this year, during the seven deadly days‘ from April 11 to 17, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) revealed that there were 2,203 road accidents, 2,208 injuries, and 264 deaths during this period. Bangkok recorded the highest number of fatalities with 22 deaths. Chiang Rai had the highest number of accidents with 68, while Nakhon Si Thammarat recorded the highest number of injuries with 70.

Earlier this month, another motorbike crash ended fatally for one Pattaya couple.

On the night of April 6, a 31 year old man named Santisuk Sae-tan, and a 31 year old woman named Chatchawan Kangwanwuthikul, lost their lives in a crash on a road situated in front of Khao Mai Kaew temple.

Rescuers arrived on the scene to find that a black Mitsubishi Mirage sedan and a black Honda PCX motorbike had collided, resulting in severe damage to both vehicles. Santisuk and Chatchawan were lying on the road with severe injuries. The rescuers tried to save the victims, but they tragically succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.