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28 January 2013 :: 16:01:55 pm 71068

Falling Tree Kills Thai Millionaire On Motorbike

A 53-year-old Thai businessman was killed when a falling tree toppled over and struck him while he was riding his luxury motorbike near his home in Pathumthani province. He was severely injured and died later at the hospital. His construction and real estate company is worth 1 billion THB.
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PATHUMTHANI – January 27, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 11:30 a.m., a report of a big dead tree falling on the roadside and killing a motorbike driver was received by Pol. Lt. Col. Chaitas Limkul, Inspector, Pak Khlong Rangsit police station, Amphur Meuang Pathumthani. He rushed to inspect the scene with rescue officers from the Portekteung foundation.

The incident occurred on a road in Meuang Ake village, Moo 5, Tambon Lak Hok. At the scene, police discovered that a big Tradescantia Zebrina tree more than 6 meters tall had toppled over and was blocking the entire road.

Officers saw a big pool of blood on the ground where the victim on the motorbike had been struck. He had already been rushed to the Krungsiam Saint Carlos Medical Center.

The victim was identified as Mr. Charoen Janphalangsri, age 53, from Tambon Lak Hok, Amphur Meuang, Pathumthani province. Mr. Charoen is the owner of Thai Polycon (public) Co., Ltd. which is a construction business with assets of more than 1 billion THB.

He had been struck on his face by the cracked big tree that caused profuse bleeding from his mouth and nose. He was severely injured and died later at the hospital.

Nearby the fallen tree was Mr. Charoen’s fallen luxury motorbike, a black-grew BMW R 1200 GS that costs almost 2 million THB. The overturned motorbike was slightly damaged.

Local residents who witnessed the incident said they saw Mr. Charoen drive out from his house. When he was passing under the dried and dead Tradescantia Zebrina tree, the tree suddenly toppled over and fell on Mr., Charoen and his motorbike. The impact flung him off the bike and his face had hit the ground hard, knocking him unconscious.

Later at the hospital, the distraught wife and the son of Mr. Charoen came to ask about Mr. Charoen’s condition. When the doctor sadly informed them that Mr. Charoen had already died, both his wife and son hugged each other and were crying a lot.

Initially, they didn’t say anything to the media, and then just briefly said that Mr. Charoen had left their house on his motorbike to attend to a personal matter. He had only driven about 300 meters when the nearby dead tree fell over and killed him.

The doctor said he tried to assist Mr. Charoen as much as possible. The rescue officers who brought him to the hospital told the doctor that Mr. Charoen’s heart had stopped beating during the trip, so the rescue officers performed CPR first aid until his pulse returned again.

But Mr. Charoen’s head had been severely injured by the violent impact of his crash, which caused uncontrolled bleeding from his mouth and nose until he died.

The tragic accident ended the life of the successful businessman, whose company was worth 1 billion THB. At the time of his death, Mr. Charoen was the Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Managing Director of Thai Polycon (public) Co., Ltd.

Mr. Charoen was the majority stock holder of the company, owning 52.78 percent in shares, or more than 221 million stocks. The company’s business includes construction, development of real estate, and developing alternate energy. The company’s annual revenues are between 2,000-3,000 million THB.

Early in his career, Mr. Charoen had started as an engineer at the Italian-Thai Co., Ltd. He later came to work at Thai Polycon (public) Co., Ltd. in 1988 as the Managing Director.

For his education, Mr. Charoen graduated from Chiang Mai university with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He later obtained a master’s degree in liberal arts from Ramkhamhaeng university.

Mr. Charoen’s favorite hobby, whenever he had leisure time during holidays, was to drive his chopper motorbike upcountry with his friends. Mr. Charoen was also a pilot, who would fly a plane by himself to different regions to personally inspect the work of his company.

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