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Phuket New Year road toll battered as three die

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PHUKET: The Phuket authorities’ goal to keep the road toll this year under the four deaths of last year suffered a severe setback when three men died in motorcycle accidents on Thursday night – the first night of this year’s ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road safety campaign.

Polish national Pawel Jack Gilman, 37, died after the limited edition Liverpool FC Honda Scoopy motorbike he was riding slammed into a barrier on the curvy section of Wichit Songkram Road that runs over the hills between Kathu and the Central Festival intersection.

Mr Gilman was riding toward Phuket Town when the accident happened.

A helmet was not found at the scene.

Tung Tong Police told the Phuket Gazette that the section of road had claimed many lives over the years.

“Two Thai men, both drunk, died in motorbike accidents in the same area last month. Both accidents were at about 3am,” said one officer.

At night there is very little traffic on the road, which encourages some people to drive faster along that section of it, he said.

Following the death of Mr Gilman, police have now posted large signs on the sharpest curves to warn motorists.

The signs are marked in Thai with the word kohng, meaning “curve”, in large red letters.

Tung Tong Police Duty Officer Lt Col Chana Suttimard told the Gazette that the Polish Embassy in Bangkok had been notified of the death.

Mr Gilman’s was not the first accident as the Seven Days of Danger campaign got underway, however.

Adirak Tongdee, 30, was rushed to Vachira Hospital Phuket in Phuket Town after the motorbike he was riding slammed into a parked six-wheeled truck near Tesco Lotus on the bypass road at about 10pm.

Mr Adirak died of his injuries at about 7pm yesterday.

It is believed Mr Adirak was drunk while driving.

Another Phuket motorist, 40-year-old Manas Sae-ueng, also suffered severe injuries in an accident on Thursday.

He died from his injuries at about 3pm yesterday.

As the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign continues, police will continue to monitor checkpoints set up all over the island and pull over vehicles for a variety of suspected infractions, including drunk driving.

According to preliminary reports, 15 accidents were reported on the first day, with 18 people suffering injuries. Most were in Muang District (13), followed by Kathu (4) and Thalang (1).

Among those injured was 36-year-old Frenchman Jerome Berna who, following a motorcycle accident at 10pm, faces charges of drunk driving and failure to wear a helmet.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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