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08 November 2007 :: 15:11:13 pm 40096


A British tourist got drunk and fell from a baht-bus (songthaew) right in front of the Pattaya Police Station. This frightened everyone, including other tourists and police officers, before he was found dead.
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On November 8, 2007, at 02.30 am, while Pol. Lt. Col. Wanlop Kingtharathip, Pattaya investigator, was on duty, was informed about a foreign tourist accidentally falling from a baht-bus (songthaew), and was seriously injured.
The accident took place right in front of the Pattaya Police Station (Soi 9), Beach road, Moo 9 , Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. The police visited the scene and found the body of Mr. Mark Steven Morrison, 45, British, lay unconscious in the middle of the road, with massive bleeding all over the road. His hands were still holding several sacks of food. In the ensuing panic, other tourists and police who witnessed the incident called the police to get a rescue team with an ambulance to transport the injured person to a hospital. The accident also caused a long and heavy traffic congestion along the Beach Road. The cooperative-owned baht-bus with license plate 20-5703, no. 549 Chonburi, which the injured person fell from, was parked at the scene. The driver, Mr. Khempet Praditphan, 41, residing at 144/37, Moo 5, Na-khlua sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province, was in the police’s custody.

While waiting for medical transportation, the injured person suffered severely from concussion and internal bleeding, and became unconscious. The bystanders hurried to perform CPR in order to resuscitate him. However, the effort was in vain as he died before them. The body was kept at Banglamung Hospital for notification of relative’s , and the UK Embassy.

As investigated, the driver, Mr. Khempet Praditphan, stated that he picked up Mr. Mark Steven Morrison from Pattaya Soi 7 to Walking Street. Once he picked him up, Mr. Khempet directed the course with speed as usual. The dreadful accident took place when he arrived at the front of Pattaya Police Station (Soi 9), only 100 meters away from the spot where he picked him up. Then he heard Mr. Mark Steven Morrison falling from the vehicle and stopped the vehicle at once to help him. According to him, Mr. Mark Steven Morrison must have fallen from the vehicle due to intoxication by the action of a alcoholic substance, and the fact that he did not hold on to any grab rail, and not being seated, and that he was holding many sacks in his hands. While he was picking up speed, Mr. Morrison must have fallen from the vehicle as he lost balance, cause by the speed of the two-bench. Nevertheless, the police had the driver under arrest grounded upon a careless driving charge and sent him for a breathalyzer immediately.

Afterwards, Miss Wassana Phutthan, 17, a bar staff member at Nakwan Beer Bar located at Pattaya Soi 7, came to identify the victim and burst into tears, saying that earlier that night Mr. Morrison went to have several drinks at the bar, and excused himself because he had an appointment with his girlfriend at Walking Street, Pattaya South. He also bought a lot of food for his girlfriend as she saw him getting on a two-bench at Soi 7. She did not see this unfortunate incident coming.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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