Swede run over by 10-wheel truck

KARON: A Swedish man was killed instantly on Patak Rd on Friday afternoon after he fell off his motorbike and was run over by a 10-wheel truck.

Tommy Leif Jonsson, 50, was driving a Yamaha Nouvo over the hills between Kata and Chalong when he apparently lost control and fell off the bike near the Plub Pla Resort, Lt Col Anek Mongkol of the Chalong Police told the Gazette.

The driver of a 10-wheel truck following him failed to notice the fallen Swede, who was killed instantly when his skull was crushed and both legs broken.

The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Suwanchai Karnprakob, fled the scene in the vehicle, police said.

He was later arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, and released without bail.

According to police, Jonsson was returning to his bungalow in Karon from Chalong Police Station when the accident occurred.

He had gone to the police station to report a motorbike accident in which he had been involved just two days earlier, in the hope of having his hospital expenses for that accident covered by his insurance.

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