American man dies after crashing Ducati into trailer truck

Tragedy struck in the southern province of Phang Nga yesterday when an American man died after crashing his Ducati motorcycle into a trailer truck at 5.30pm on Phetchakasem Road.

Officers from Mueng Phan Nga Police Station investigated the scene of the accident and found the body of the foreign man on the road at the back of the trailer truck. He was later identified as a 67 year old US citizen named Edward.

A brand new red Ducati motorcycle was found near the dead man’s body. The bike was registered in Phuket.

Surasak, a 37-year-old Thai trailer truck driver, was delivering a backhoe digger on Phetchakasem Road in Phang Nga’s Tagua Tung district.

The driver reported to police that while travelling at a steady 60 kilometres per hour in the left lane, a red Ducati approached him at high speed. He honked twice to warn the rider, but the motorcycle lost control and collided with his truck.

The rider’s body was sucked under the truck and Surasak maintains that he could not stop in time. The cause of the accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Another tragedy happened to the American male fitness YouTuber in Pattaya on Monday night. The 34 year old man, Laith Abdullah Algaz, also known as Leo Rex, was reported dead in a pool of blood inside a bedroom of the Pattaya Lagoon Village resort.

Cannabis and several medications were found on the desk inside his house.

Algaz’s friend, 40 year old Charles Anthony Hughes, who found the body and reported it to the police, explained that Algaz has been struggling with bipolar disorder. He preferred to stay alone and regularly used cannabis.

The cause of his death is still under investigation, and his body was sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at

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