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Running red: police probe deadly DJ Doris crash

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PHUKET: One of the drivers involved in the accident that killed Paul Norris, Phuket’s renowned ‘DJ Doris’, early yesterday morning ran a red light, Phuket Police confirmed to the Phuket Gazette.

“We believe that one of them drove through a red light as the lights were working at the time of the accident,” said Wichit Police Investigator Ekarat Chartthai. “However, we have to wait for forensic officers to investigate the accident further.”

The green plate taxi that collided with Mr Norris’ motorbike was travelling from Phuket International Airport toward Rawai. Mr Norris was riding from Rawai and turned right by the Choor Su Gong Naka Shrine (map here) near Phuket Town when the accident occurred, Lt Ekarat explained.

At the scene, police found the body of Mr Norris about five meters from the motorbike. Injuries sustained in the impact indicate that he was struck from the left.

“We have charged the taxi driver, Jongsak Bussarakam, with reckless driving causing death. However, we are continuing our investigation into the cause of the accident,” Lt Ekarat said.

“Unfortunately, the Traffic Police CCTV camera at that junction was not operational at the time of the accident,” he added.

An outpouring of emotion continues to wash the island on social media sites since the announcement of Mr Norris’ tragic death (story here).

— Saran Mitrarat

 

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