American dies in motorbike accident

PATONG: A 43-year-old American tourist was killed when the motobike he was riding overshot a bend on the Patong-to-Kamala road early yesterday morning.

The dead man has been named by police as Marko Lislie Balfour. Mr Balfour had been staying at the Marine Inn, Patong Beach.

The accident happened at approximately 1:30 am on Thursday. Pol Maj Chaiyaphot Laorhumwirog of Kathu Police Station told the Gazette, “We believe he was traveling too fast and couldn’t take the bend. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries. He died at the scene.”

Mr Balfour’s body was taken to Patong Hospital to await collection by family representatives.

Mr Balfour is the second foreigner to die in a motorbike accident in four days. On Saturday night Hans Ingemar of Sweden died after crashing on Saiyuan Rd, Rawai.

Phuket News

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