Saturday, 19 March 2016

3/19/2016 12:06:00 am

A 45-year-old Dutch man died in a three-vehicle crash in Phuket last night, which also left an unidentified Thai woman severely injured.

Witnesses told police that a collision between the Dutchman and a Thai woman riding a motorcycle near Chalong Circle caused the man’s bike to cross over the road into oncoming traffic and collide with a bus. Witnesses’ statements do not clarify how or why the initial impact between the two motorbikes occurred, confirmed Lt Cholada Chokdeesrijan of Chalong Police.

The accident occurred at about 10.30pm.

Rescue workers took both victims to Vachira Phuket Hospital, where the Dutchman was pronounced dead. The Thai woman remains in critical condition, Lt Cholada added.

The bus driver, Ekkachai Thaweethongpermkun, 56, confirmed witnesses’ statements, but could provide no further information to the police.

Police are looking to identify the injured woman and determine the cause of the collision.

The man’s name is being withheld by the Phuket Gazette, pending confirmation that his next of kin have been informed.

International DJ confirmed as Phuket motorbike crash victim
The international DJ Howard Kaii of the Netherlands has been confirmed as the man who died in the motorcycle accident near Chalong Circle, in the south of Phuket, last night (Mar 17).

Mr Kaii, 45, was travelling towards Rawai, where he lived, when his motorbike and the motorbike ridden by a Thai man collided, spilling Mr Kaii onto Chao Fa West Rd and into the path of an oncoming bus. (See story here.)

Lt Chollada Chokdeesrijan of the Chalong Police confirmed to The Phuket News that his mother identified the body at Vachira Hospital this morning.

A friend to Mr Kaii told The Phuket News this afternoon that the Dutch embassy is assisting his mother.

Mr Kaii was well known for his talents as a DJ in a career spanning nearly three decades, during which he played alongside Ministry of Sound greats including Judge Jules and Pete Tong from the UK and Paul Van Dyk from Germany.

Mr Kaii was to launch his Summer Tour 2016 on March 25 at Xana Beach Club With Attica at Phuket’s Bang Tao Beach, followed by performances from April 17 at Bliss Beach Club further north on Surin Beach.

By May he was to perform in his home town of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and again in Antwerp, Belgium. From there, his tour was to take him to St Tropez in France, then Marbella and Ibiza, Spain.

“Howard was a high-spirited, gregarious and positive individual who loved Thailand,” said friend Ana Jeffrey.

“He had a very close bond with his mother and brought her to live with him in Thailand when he moved to Phuket with him in 2009.

“Howard was well known in the south of the island as an ex-professional DJ having toured Europe and played at some of the largest clubs alongside some of the biggest names in House music. Howard was in high spirits the evening of the accident, returning home to Rawai from a meeting at Dream Beach club in Cherng Talay, where he secured some dates to play,” she told The Phuket News.

“Howard loved his music almost as much as he loved Thailand,” she added.

Lt Chollada, who is investigating the accident, told The Phuket News, “We are questioning the bus driver, Eakkachai Taweepermphoon, about the incident and we have CCTV footage from the bus that might be able to help us figure out what happened.

“However, I still have to go to the hospital to check on the condition of the injured Thai man, who we still have yet to identify,” she added.

Source: Phuket News

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