A British man has died and his brother-in-law monk seriously injured after a motorbike they were travelling on was hit from behind by a pick-up truck.
The tragic incident took place at around 8.30am on Sunday, July 26, on the Phimai-Chum Phuang road in Thailand’s Phiami district.
The 70-year-old man has been named only as David, while the monk – who was sitting in the bike’s sidecar – has been named as 59-year-old Phra Wasant Boonkham.
Sukanya Kong-on told police she was on the way from Tha Tum district, Surin province, to visit her younger sister in Non Sung district in Nakhon Ratchasima when the pick-up she was driving hit the motorcycle from behind.
David was killed in the crash, while the monk suffered two broken legs.
A photograph taken at the scene shows the monk lying on the ground while being treated by paramedics and rescue volunteers, as a crowd gathers on the side of the road.
Kanchana Boonkham, 41, David’s wife, told local media that her husband was taking the monk, her elder brother, from their house back to Wat Suntarikaram temple at Ban Taban when the accident occurred.
The temple is less than a mile away from where the accident occurred.
Police say they are investigating to establish the cause of accident.
According to the New York Times in 2019, Thailand has the world’s second highest rate of road deaths per-capita – second only to war-torn Lybia.
When it comes to motorcycle deaths per-capita, the country ranks number one.
The most recent WHO estimates from 2016 state that 32.7 out of every 100,000 people in Thailand die on country roads.