Date
20 October 2017
The Hong Kong man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, although his girlfriend was wearing one. Photo: Weibo
The Hong Kong man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, although his girlfriend was wearing one. Photo: Weibo

HK man dead, girlfriend injured in Thailand bike accident

A Hong Kong man died after his motorcycle collided head-on with a truck at a popular tourist resort in Thailand, while his Hong Kong girlfriend, who was in the back seat, was injured, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The accident happened on Saturday afternoon near an observatory on the popular tourist island of Koh Samui, where the woman, surnamed Wong, was undergoing practical training at a local hotel, and her boyfriend, surnamed Chan, was visiting her. 

Chan, who was in his 20s as Wong is, arrived on the island on Friday and rented a bike to take her out for sightseeing the next day.

Police were trying to find out why Chan lost control of the bike, which then crashed into the truck.

It was said that the bike’s brakes seemed to have malfunctioned, Apple Daily reported.

Police believed Chan’s death was mainly caused by the strong impact on the head as he was not wearing a helmet as required by local regulations at the time of the accident.

Wong wore a helmet and was able to escape death but she still suffered multiple injuries to her body.

Two officials from the Immigration Department escorted family members of the couple to Thailand on Sunday to deal with the aftermath.

The Chinese Consulate-General in Songkhla in southern Thailand promised to follow up on the case.

Roger Wu, a Thailand travel expert, told Ming Pao Daily that some roads on the island are steep and curvy and those who are not experienced in riding bikes had better refrain from doing so, especially on rainy days.

If one feels compelled to take a bike ride, one should always remember to wear a helmet, he said.

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