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British tourist kills police in crash

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Definetly speeding by the looks of the 'Mercedes''.....

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Just imagine if the car driver had slammed on his brakes to avoid the biker, and killed a family of 6 who were driving 2 foot from his boot.

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Nearly every Farang I know who drinks and has transport, drinks and drives on a regular basis, of course none of these would be ThaVisa members nor would they be known to any other ThaiVisa members bar me.

In ThaiVisaland it's always the Thai that's at fault.

In Bangkok, the foreign friends I know who have a car take a taxi when going out for a drink or meal, or their Wives drive home.... In contrast the none of my Thai friends take a taxi, instead choosing to drive.

None of my foreign friends have ever had a drunk driving related accident, all of my Thai friends have. This is not Thai bashing, this is fact as I know it in my circle of friends.

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As others have said, the damage to the Mercedes is significant.... it looks more like 'car-on-car' damage.

I wonder how they can estimate or calculate the speed the Mercedes was travelling at and what that estimation / calculation would be.

The other questions: Blood Alcohol can be readily answered if the checks were carried out on the driver and the unfortunate deceased.

IF (a big IF at the moment) the Mercedes driver was proven to be speeding and drinking I wonder how this would play out, especially when making a direct comparison with the Red-Bull heir driving his Ferrari at speed while under the influence (of narcotics, alcohol too?) and killing a Policeman on his motorcycle.

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I think it is silly to assign blame at this time in the proceedings. We have no idea who's at fault and it could be that they were both in the wrong. The Brit for speeding and the Thai officer for making an ill-advised U-turn in front of an on coming car.

The person making the U turn only does so if sound judgement suggests the road is clear enough.

Speeding has to be proven, turning into oncoming traffic seems pretty clear cut already.

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RIP to the police officer and condolences to his family and friends Good chance that the Brit prat will just pay his dues same as any other rich person in Thailand and just jump on a plane head for home and forget this bad holiday incident at least he did not run from the scene of the accident which makes a change for a motoring fatality story in Thailand

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Firstly. RIP to accident victim.. Secondly. If the bike had actually been diagonal to the car's bonnet (hood) then it could well have done that much damage even at 90kmh. But reasonable speculation is that he was doing more, how much more !!!!

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ID: 38   Posted (edited)

Hurled the motorbike 200 mtrs, from the damage to the front of the Merc, it seems the M/C was hit side-on.

Driver allegedly admitted speeding. Hope this serves as a warning for others who flout the laws of our host country and trust the culprit spends a long time in a Thai prison contemplating his stupidity.

RIP Young Officer, deepest sympathy to his family.

Edited by Torrens54

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As far as I can see from the report the British driver was not at fault.

No evidence he was speeding or drunk.

Thai making a u-turn on an unregistered, uninsured, untaxed m/c.

Thai happens to be an off duty policeman ...... so what.

Was the Thai drunk? No evidence presented, but he was breaking the law.

Unregistered un taxed uninsured.........all sadly irrelevant here, wonder if he had a helmet on too?

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Definetly speeding by the looks of the 'Mercedes''.....

Drivel...cars are meant to collapse on impact to ease the force on the driver and save his/her/its life

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Nearly every Farang I know who drinks and has transport, drinks and drives on a regular basis, of course none of these would be ThaVisa members nor would they be known to any other ThaiVisa members bar me.

In ThaiVisaland it's always the Thai that's at fault.

you know some odd farangs then, I dont know any who do that.

You couldnt apologise more if you tried could you?

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Benz are well built car and have excellent braking power; considering the damage at the front end caused by hitting a medium size motorcycle, the impact happened at high speed . The bike must have been close to a 90 degree angle at the moment of collision.

Either the u-turn was made suddenly in front of the car or the bike was initiating the turn but the car was at very high speed and the bike did not have time to complete his turn. Impact point would determine where the bike was at the moment of impact.

Alcohol may be a factor in the drivers condition , especially during Songkran; does the bike had headlight on ? May people here drive older bike and do not turn on the headlight.

Difficult to guest the cause without a complete scene reconstruction. This is not often done in countries around here.

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Another farang that fancies himself invincible until he isn't. How many Darwin awards are we at this week so far? I reckon about a dozen, and we have 3 days left to go..

They'll have to open a new factory in China, and use less expensive metal, not silver.

Then they can tackle the root causes, after they answer why the perfect storm of foreigner fatality factors in LOS remains un addressed at every level..

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its too early to start talking about blame, not enough information is available.

It seems unlikely this guy is a tourist, and at that time in the morning during songkran the question has to be asked about how sober the motorcyclist is.

In this context the fact that the motorcyclist was a border policemen should be irrelevant, makes no difference if he is a policeman or a farmer as he was not on duty.

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I trust any punishment dished out will be in line with how they've handled the Red Bull heir's case...

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I hope tha they lock this guy up and just throw the keys away.

hold on they said that the policeman made a sudden U-turn, ive been driving here 15 years and have to say nothing every surprises me here the way Thai people drive, give the man a break until we all know more details.

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Sorry to hear this .. it could have been any of us behind that wheel, we all know drivers / riders, just pull out with total disregard at U-turns.

Hope the guy has a good lawyer.

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ID: 49   Posted (edited)

"Pol Lt Nonthawat Thongkham, an officer on duty of Hua Hin police station, said the accident happened on the outbound Phetkasem Road at the U-turn spot in front of the Hua Hin Hospital at 2:40 am.

After alerted of the accident, Nonthawat and rescuers of the Sawang Hua Hin Thammasathan Foundation rushed to the scene."

If I am getting this right, it all happened IN FRONT of a hospital and the Sawang Rescuers still got there ahead of everyone else...


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As far as I can see from the report the British driver was not at fault.

No evidence he was speeding or drunk.

Thai making a u-turn on an unregistered, uninsured, untaxed m/c.

Thai happens to be an off duty policeman ...... so what.

Was the Thai drunk? No evidence presented, but he was breaking the law.

There was clear evidence he was speeding by the fact the motorbike was 200 meters down the road. Given the distance one could comfortably say he was well over the speed limit.

Bike obviously pulled out in front of the car but likely misjudged how long it would take to get to him given the cars speeding.

Speed kills.. RIP

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