PHUKET: A 19-year-old fell off his motorbike near Phuket International Airport early this morning and was hit by a car and killed while he was trying to right his bike.

Rescuers responded to the call just after midnight and found the body of Atthaphon Prasobsaeng on Route 4026, which joins Thepkrasattri Road to the road to the airport.

“The accident took place about 500 meters west of Thalang Technical College,” said Lt Thanom Thongpan of the Tah Chat Chai Police.

Teerapong Kongtab, 28, who was driving the car that hit Mr Attaphon, told police that he was on his way to the airport to drop off a friend.

“The road was curvy, and I didn’t see Mr Atthaphon until it was too late,” Mr Teerapong said.

“The last thing I saw was him on the road, trying to pick up his motorbike. I couldn’t stop in time. I hit him, then lost control and went off the road.”

Mr Atthaphon’s body was taken to Thalang Hospital to await collection by his relatives.

Mr Teerapong has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

— Thawit Bilabdullar