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Pattaya Daily News

19 January 2010 :: 10:01:13 am 8780

Australian Newlyweds Involved in Fatal Car Accident

An Australian man has been tragically killed in a road accident in Thailand; the man was visiting the Kingdom on his honeymoon after having been married merely two weeks ago in Australia.
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Thailand, the 18th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The accident, involving 11 people, occurred on the Big Buddha Road in Southern Phuket. The other ten passengers and driver all received injuries as a result of the accident. It is believed that the open-topped Jeep that they were travelling in lost control going down the steep Big Buddha Mountain, rolling down an embankment before coming to rest in an adventure park.

The deceased man, Mr. Michael Malonzo [26] from Sydney was honeymooning on the resort island of Phuket at the time of the tragedy. His wife Mrs Aimee Malonzo (Dykstra) [26] was amongst the injured in hospital, suffering from a broken pelvis.


Mrs. Malonzo has stated that she believes the driver had missed a gear change or that the gear had slipped on a sharp bend in the mountain, causing the vehicle to loose control. She also explained that the Jeep hit a parked car before flipping off the road and tumbling 10 meters down the embankment. Mrs Malonzo informed the press; ”We had just been enjoying a ride on some elephants. My parents are flying out from Australia and they will be here late tomorrow.”

Among the other injured people in the crash were brothers Tori [14] and Tylar Giles [11] from Bridgetown in Western Australian, their mother suffered a broken arm in the accident. All 9 of the tourists were from Australia, although; they were not travelling together apart from on this particular adventure tour. The Thai driver and his companion were also injured as a result of the accident.

The hospitals official release named the injured as; Aimee Dykstra, 26, Nicole Wilmot, 24, Tylar Giles, 11, Tori Jay Giles, 14, Dannet Lea Roberts, 49, Sarah Louise Korver, 11, Margaret Korver, 41, Susan Rose McNelis, 16, Authai Choichana and the driver, Damrong Teamsamer, 35. All are said to be in a stable condition with 4 of the injured being admitted for further treatment for their injuries.


Another victim of this fatal tragedy was a young female elephant who was struck by the rolling Jeep as it entered the adventure park. The five year old elephant, Tongkom received wounds to her trunk but is said to be recovering well.

The vehicle belonged to Siam Safari, one of a number of tour businesses that operate from the base of Nakkerd Hill in Chalong, Phuket. The tour consists of a six-kilometer climb up to the famed 45 meter high Big Buddha Statue on the mountains summit.

Phuket Governor Mr. Wichai Praisangob was deeply saddened to hear of yet another tragedy, visiting the Bangkok Hospital Phuket with officials from the Public Health Department and Representatives from the Phuket Red Cross. Mr. Praisangob presented Mrs Malonzo with a large fruit basket also offering her to call him directly for any assistance that she may require in her time of need.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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