TOURISTS KILLED IN HIT AND RUN IN THAILAND – Yet another two tourists have been killed in Koh Samui,Thailand and in what has become known as normal practice the driver tried to flee.
Derek Gent,69 and Michael Holmes,68, traveling with their wives from Rochdale, obviously thought Thailand was the perfect place to relax in the sun
Eye witnesses reported a pick-up truck driven out of control which resulted in both men being mowed down as they walked along the road; both were killed instantly do to the speed that the pickup truck was traveling at.
Further reports came in saying that the driver was driving at high speed and swerving all over the place. It then collided with another vehicle before running the two men down and killing them.
In typical Thai fashion the Thai driver tried to flee the scene to avoid capture and having to payout compensation to the families – as is customary in Thailand; however he lost control of the vehicle again and smashed into a nearby Tea Shop. The driver is now in hospital and reported as to be in a ‘critical’ condition.
The British Embassy has been informed of their deaths and is providing consulate assistance to their wives who are scheduled to fly home today.
This is not the first time that tourists have fallen foul to the atrocious driving habits of the Thais. Few bother to obtain a drivers license and many do not have insurance. This is a growing problem where central and local authorities are keen to cover up rather than tackle the issue.
In Phuket, Thailand the number of road accidents have grown to such an alarming rate that the Governor order the police and local officials to no longer provide the Press with accident details, in what is presumed as a bid to cover up the true figures and number of deaths.
Thailand, like any other tourist destination has its fair share of problems, but the number of tourists being killed by reckless driving and murder is on the increase; something that the Thai authorities want to keep under wraps for fear of it destroying the tourist industry.
If the driver of the pick-up truck recovers it is highly unlikely that he will face any serious charges; most instances of this kind, which involve the death of a tourist, is quickly swept under the carpet and the driver is likely to walk with a find of less than £5 and no jail time.
While the British and other Governments issue travel warnings as to the dangers of Thailand, many feel that they do not go far enough to explicitly explain the perils. Unfortunately Thailand is not the ‘Land of Smiles’ that the Thai Government promote, the very real reality is that thousands of tourists are subjected to scams, rape, muggings, violence, murder and increasing risk of death from road accidents.