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Phuket police charge driver over death of Finnish tourist

The driver of a car that crashed into and killed a Finnish pedestrian around 1am on Saturday morning (February 22), has been arrested and charged with careless driving causing death.

Mr Robin Straka was seriously injured when he was hit by a car while walking on Kamala’s main street around 1am he was taken to Patong Hospital with serious head injuries around 1am, and later died in hospital. He was visiting Phuket with his girlfriend, also from Finland.

road death phuketPaul Edden, team leader for the Kamala Police Volunteers, said witnesses told him when he arrived at the scene that Mr Straka was crossing the main road in Kamala to go to the ATM at Tesco Lotus.

When he walked back across the road, he was hit by a car.

Mr Straka was wearing a white shirt, the road was well-illuminated, and there was little traffic. The car should have avoided him with ease,” Mr Edden said.

A policeman from Kamala Police told The Phuket News today that Suparerk Theppabut, 24, had co-operated with police

“He was bailed, but in about two months when we finish collecting all the evidence, he will be called to the court”.

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