PHUKET: Phuket’s road-death toll increased by one as the second day of the “Seven Days of Danger” came to a close at midnight on Friday, according to the official Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket branch (DDPM-Phuket) statistics.
The death toll increased after a family riding a motorbike southbound on Thepkrasattri Road near the Thalang Tesco Lotus was hit from behind, reported the DDPM-Phuket.
The motorbike driver lost control after being hit and then crashed. The driver of the unidentified car fled the scene.
The mother, Tongdech Kamhom, 40, died in the crash.
Her husband, who was reported as drunk driving by the DDPM-Phuket, seemed not to have suffered any serious injuries.
A 10-year-old son suffered a broken collarbone, a Kulsoldham rescue worker explained to the Phuket Gazette.
“The father was not really physically injured, but he was dizzy and was struggling to remember things. The boy was okay, but we could see that his collarbone was broken,” the rescue worker said.
“We did not see any helmets at the scene,” he added
A witness said the husband was driving the motorbike with his family on board when a bronze Toyota car hit them from behind and then sped off. The witness could not recall the registration number of the car,” Kittiphum Na Thalang of the Thalang Police said.
The first dawn of the Seven Days of Danger broke over Phuket with no deaths having occurred between midnight to first light on December 27. However, later that day two died in separate incidents.
The goal of the Seven Days of Danger new year campaign was zero deaths on Phuket’s roads, Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut said before the campaign got underway. The other major goal is to see a five per cent decrease in the total number of accidents during the dangerous holiday season.
— Chutharat Plerin